By: Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India
Summary: Bad habits are hard to break, but not anymore! You can control the bad habit with the transformative practice of yoga and bring a better change in your life while cultivating new habits.
“A bad habit never disappears miraculously. It’s an undo-it-yourself project.”- Abigail Van Buren
It is true, bad habits take time to develop and never goes away easily. It completely depends on how we’re dealing with it. Don’t worry you’re not alone…we all possess bad habits. Sometimes we are aware of them, and sometimes we are not, but changing and getting rid of them is necessary to live a fruitful and healthy life.
Bad habits can be part of our nature, behaviours, substance abuse etc. These bad habits create our own instability of emotions. It is said that lack of awareness, a self-centered attitude, the absence of a holistic view, not being conscious about the present and an imbalanced lifestyle create a barrier in changing the bad habits and may event promote the negativity.
Yoga is your answer! It can get you prepared for overcoming these bad habits by acknowledging the real cause and help find your soul peace. The following steps can start you on your path to ridding yourself of those negative habits.
Become Aware of the Habit
Sometimes we are aware of our bad habits like biting nails, and sometimes we unconsciously practice negative habits without acknowledging the adverse effects like eating unhealthy food or drinking because of peer pressure. The first step is to be honest with yourself and unravel all the bad habits that have a hold on you. Journaling is the best way of self analysing and helps you move ahead in the process. Talking to someone about your defects and receive feedback is also suggested.
Know Your Triggers
Step two is knowing what triggers your bad habits. What deeper issue is being triggered and how is this emotionally affecting me? For example, we bite nails sometimes due to stress or nervousness, but deep-down it could be linked to an anxiety disorder, trauma, abuse or insecurities. The same happens with the habit of smoking, drinking, doing drugs, and even aggressive behaviours.
Link the Trigger and Habit
Our habits, good or bad occur because we have a range of needs starting with the basic and expanding beyond. When you realize and know what need, you can start working on finding an alternative and healthier way to fulfil that need and eventually the bad habits will be discarded.
Use Yoga to Change It
Yoga is the best approach to kick out bad habits and make space for good ones. Get yourself prepared for the transformation starting daily on the mat.
- Yoga offers physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing reducing stress and throws out bad habits like lethargy, being overweight, smoking, and more.
- Yoga ignites deep consciousness bringing awareness helping to fix the root causes generating bad habits.
- Yoga releases the emotional baggage connecting within to the Universe.
- Yoga builds determination, heightens awareness, neutralizes craving, strengthens the body and stabilizes the mind to bring the changes you want to make.
I suggest, starting with an asana practice and over time you will release your bad habits and negative energy if you continue practicing the previous steps.
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Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He conducts Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India and in other cities. Bipin also offers Ayurveda courses in Kerala and he loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature, and Trekking in Nepal.