How you can Apply the Principles of Yoga to Any area of your Life

By: Caroline Makepeace

Yoga is an intense form of exercise, which if done right, brings you many physical, spiritual and emotional benefits. There are many studies out there that show that people who practice yoga are calmer, more at peace and better able to deal with the challenges that surface in life. Living a life of wealth and happiness involves you being a well balanced and strong person. Increased power, flexibility and balance are also great physical advantages to practicing yoga.

I have been practicing yoga for a short time and have already seen dramatic improvements in my flexibility, strength, balance and in my ability to connect to the source of my power. I know how to connect to this source of power to bring clarity, purpose and success into my life.

The Power of your Core Strength

You core strength is your abdominal and back region. You have to engage these muscles in order for balance and strength to develop in your body. In yoga, your focus needs to be on engaging your core strength in order for you to complete many of the postures. If your core is strong you are better able to balance and hold your postures.

Power from your core will spread out out through your whole body. Yoga teaches you how to tap into and engage this power. It was when I started to use the power of my core that I noticed that it was my core that provided me the strength to do most everyday tasks. Knowing what to focus on I could easily utilize that power to send it to the areas of my body that needed it to perform each particular assignment.

It was as I started to learn this, and was able to see the strength of my core, that I could easily see how it was also the source of power for all things. I saw huge potential in my life when I could tap into this power. This is the power you need to be successful in all areas of your life not just physically.

Living through your core allows you to make authentic and right decisions. Your head is far too sensible and your heart is too emotional. Your gut will always speak to you in truth and perfect balance. This is why you’re always advised to ‘Listen to your gut.’ This is the part that connects to the true source of power right in the center of your being.

During times of tough decisions turn directly to your core, it will clearly instruct you as to what you need to do It never lies, it is never wrong and you will feel the strength of your core decision radiating outwards to keep you balanced and strong.

Great success will occur when you live through this space. With what seems like no effort from you, things will fall easily into place. Creativity will freely flow and your work will be fueled by the strength of the energy and passion that comes out from your core.

Gains are made through tiny, eeper Stretches each time

When you are doing a posture you must only move from the level that you are at. Stretch a little deeper so that you feel a slight challenging discomfort but never go to far so that you cause some damage. Moving at this pace will give you steady improvements each week. You are not going to increase your flexibility to yogi status in one go- that’s wrought with much danger. Stretch a little deeper each time and you will arrive in a more peaceful, knowledgeable way.

When you are progressing to the actualization of your goals, take it steady. Take small steps outside of your comfort zone so that you push the boundaries for growth but don't stretch it too far that it takes you out altogether.

Your Breath Helps you to Maintain Focus and Stay Calm

To assist you in your poses you have to know how to breathe. When you pay attention to your breath, you notice that when a pose or posture becomes difficult, your breath sharpens, increases or disappears. You have to make sure you breathe evenly and deeply through each posture. This will help you to relax and settle into the posture.
Your breath is the most central aspect of any posture or anything in life- obviously, as long as you’re breathing you’re doing okay, right? During the challenging times of your life, the first step is to remember to breathe correctly. This will bring to you the clarity you need to relax, and the strength you need to reach a little further will follow.

Let Go

Yoga is all about learning to let go and experiencing your body. Experiencing your body will allow you to challenge it and take it to a whole new place. When you release yourself to the posture your whole body and mind will relax which will allow you to increase your flexibility and create a whole new flow of energy.

In life, you have to learn to let go of everything you are holding. All your stresses, problems and stories. Just let them go and allow yourself to relax, gain strength and create a whole new flow of energy.

Yoga is such a beneficial form of exercise both for your mind and body. It will allow you to grow in strength, stability, flexibility and calmness of mind and spirit. Healthy mind and body equals a healthy life full of wealth and happiness.

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Caroline Makepeace is an expert at living a life of wealth and happiness. You can sign up for her free weekly inspirational newsletter at her blog

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