How Yoga Increases Your Quality of Life (Including Your Sex Life)
By: Om Singh, Yoga & Travel Blogger
Take a step back and a have a good look at your life. What is the first thing you notice? A usual response could be anything in between – responsibilities, stress, debts, and everything in between. It is when you hold your breath and control the pace for a moment is when you realize how hard life has been on you…constant mental blabber, stress, gossip, work, and constant societal pressure to perform better at home and hold on to relationships. Even if you seem perfect in every area of your life, your mental health often still remains at stake causing you a strange discomfort, lethargy and constant internal bickering. Being annoyed with your choices defeats the overall purpose of your life and makes you question your own existence. So, is there a way to stop the uncalled “tug of war” between your circumstances and choices? Is there a way to actually strike a balance?
The art of Yoga and meditation not only helps your mental health but also provides a great deal of nourishment to your body. The practice puts you in an alignment with your goals, which makes you active and motivates in your day-to-day lives.
Here is a breakdown of Yoga for quality life:
- Improved Gut Health
Your gut is in control of your life, mood, choices and behavior. Believe it or not but the fact is that the gut-mind axis determines the quality of life. The microbiome or the gut bacteria colony is responsible for breaking down the food you ingest and further enabling nutrient absorption. However, a stressful life, use of antibiotics and toxic dietary choices affect the colony equilibrium and lays a negative impact on the digestion. So, next time you take a dump and come out unsatisfied, know that your gut health is nearing a dead end. But do not fret…according to a number of reports and tests, it has been proven that Yoga improves the gut bacterial colony, nutrient absorption, and consequent assimilation. Certain Yoga poses like Mandukasana massages the digestive organs and eases the overall process.
- Spine Health
Your spine health is everything. Nothing in this world can replace the importance of having a good spine health and a presentable posture. Even though a sedentary lifestyle offers comfort and money, it actually puts your spine and structure at stake. Unconsciously, an individual tends to hold on to a lot of stress, such as clenching ears near to the shoulders, hunched back, sitting for prolonged hours and finally killing the spine health in the process. The back and the forward bend Yoga poses, such as Ushtrasana (back bend), Balasana (forward bend), Bhujangasana (back end) massages the spine in specific ways, calms down the back pain, and helps with posture. A great posture boosts your confidence and make heads turn. An increased quality of life depends upon the way you carry yourself in daily life and spine health plays a pivotal role here.
- Sexual Drive & Relationships
Sex life gone lifeless? Stress is a silent killer. It kills your sexual drive, messes up your hormones, promotes release of Cortisol (stress hormone) and causes adrenaline fatigue. Probably, you cannot imagine the possible outcomes from all this excessive hormonal activity. Cortisol results into constant anger, lethargy, negative emotions, and even suicidal thought process, which lays the foundation for a turbulent relationships or personal life. Dampened libido is a sign of extreme hormonal imbalances and the body’s way of calling you out on your bad choices, such as Alcoholism, or similar abuse. Practices like Pranayama,and Dhayaanaka meditationde-stresses your nervous system, normalizes the breathing patterns and thereby enriches your libido with time. There are certain Yoga poses, such as Cat Pose or Marjaryasana, Corpse Pose or Savasana, and One-Legged Pigeon or Eka Pada Rajakapotasanato you can use to fire up your sex life.
- Alleviated Anxiety & Panic Symptoms
There is a common belief that Anxiety or social anxiety is a result of some past issues, childhood trauma or problems with your mental health. Busting the myth right now. Apart from some sort of past trauma, stress, poor diet, lack of certain vitamins like Vitamin D, A, and B12 are some of the proven reasons behind increasing cases of Anxiety, psychopaths, and abrupt behavioral patterns. By far, you have gathered some input about the gut health and brain but there is a little to no mention of stress in the society. Usually an increased stress level is a parameter to judge the quality of your life and the money in your bank account. Right after you decide to make a dietary change, try incorporating meditation to activate the Sympathetic Nervous System for a positive flow of energy. Additionally, go for poses, such as Leg All Up or Viparita-Karani to calm down those strained nerves and paranoia.
- Clear Headspace
If a good physical stature is Silver, then optimal mental health is Gold or even beyond that. There is no way you are going to be happy and successful with a fatigued mind and annoying behavior that comes as a reeking bonus. A monotonous life and the cacophony associated often leaves you delusional, muddle-headed, and confused enough to deal with the daily battles of life. A clearheadspace is integral for becoming awakened towards your life path, career goals, and long-term ambitions. So, this clearly indicates a need to disconnect from the regular and approach something new. Try going for a brief vacations or health holidays, such as Yoga retreats, wellness holidays, spiritual retreats and much more. These retreats shall offer you a chance to explore a new place, meet new people, share thoughts, and indulge in some Yoga poses for a heightened vacation experience.
- Kids’ Health
Your kids are everything for you. They are an extension of your existence. Yoga for quality life is not just limited to improving an adult’s lifestyle but also intends to nurture the health of children in the family. You as a parent, sibling or an acquaintance would definitely want to assure a qualitative lifestyle for kids and teens around you. The first approach is to enroll your kids in a Yoga program during the vacations or simply take them along with you on a Yoga retreat for an amazing new experience. The only way to inculcate a new habit into someone’s daily life is to show them the bright side of things and clear their mind off of anything that no longer serves them. Meditation and basic poses of Hatha Yoga can help children with retention power, concentration, and behavioral patterns.
Become a part of this amazing Yogic journey.
Om Singh is blogging at Retreat Kula, a website that offers best yoga retreats and yoga teacher training for yogis around the world. He is always on the lookout for interesting places to visit. It took him 25 years of his life to realize where his true calling lies, but once that was done, there’s been no looking back. Since the last ten years that he is on the go, He is sharing his travel experiences by writing about them.