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Clear your mind of clutter – focus your attention on your breath

Take time to rest your attention on your breath instead of getting wrapped up in the ongoing drama of your thoughts. Once your thoughts settle, your mind is free from all the clutter that keep you busy and restless and unable to make good decisions.

Start slowly fitting in 5 minutes here and there, try it next time you are standing in a queue, washing up or cooking the dinner. Just shift your attention away from your thoughts and on to your breath.

Many problems we face in life are as a result of our thinking. Whilst our lives are taking place in this moment – our minds are drawn to re-thinking what has already happened and looking ahead to what might happen.

The Buddha said: ‘We suffer in life because we are trapped in our minds’

‘If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place’ – Lao-tzu

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When your body is well balanced, it functions in harmony, your skeleton supports your body and your muscles can enjoy their work of moving your bones without stress. When your posture is out of balance, your muscles have to compensate and act as supporters, so the contract and stiffen and you end up carrying a lot of unnecessary tension. The cumulative effect on your nervous system results in fatigue which is never completely relieved by sleep and results in exhaustion.

When you begin to practise Yoga, the effect on your energy level can be dramatic. As your posture becomes more balanced, the circulation of blood improves and your breathing flows more easily. Your body then relaxes and more at ease and as a result your energy is increased.


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40 ways (& days) yoga heals

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Strengthens muscles: Muscle weakness contributes to numerous problems including arthritis, back pain and falls in the elderly. Many of the physical limitations people associate with aging including weakness and progressive disability are due to loss of muscle (use it or lose it) – dubbed Sarcopenia – degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass. Studies have shown that even people in their 80’s can make rapid gains in function when they adopt a regime to build muscle. Asana practice not only strengthens muscles, but does so in a functional way balancing strength with flexibility. In addition to strengthening muscles Yoga appears to build endurance and delay the onset of fatigue.

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