Yoga, Meditation and your Health
If yoga strengthens the body and meditation heightens the mind, then a combination of the two packs double the punch of power to your bones and brain. “It is possible for each of us to achieve and maintain a vibrant and joyful state of health by identifying our mind-body nature and learning how to keep it balanced,” says Sukhdeep Brar, owner and director of the Brampton Skin Care Academy. “Yoga and meditation are wonderful tools to enhance your physical and emotional wellbeing.”
Yoga, the art of moving your body into certain postures while focusing on breathing, is known to have great healing powers. A recent study conducted by a Harvard scientists found that yoga techniques can ‘switch on and off some genes linked to stress and immune function, and actually may help ward off disease’. It seems science is only just realizing what yogis have known for centuries. “Yoga will improve your life,” states Brar, a Reiki Grand Master and Certified Instructor in yoga and meditation from Chopra Center University. “Because it will help you live a longer and healthier life.”
According to Statistics Canada, stress has increased 3-fold since 1995 and is costing Canadians $4.5 billion dollars a year with stress-related absences from work. “We have a lot of negative energy building up every day,” explains Brar. “Humans go through 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts in just one day and really need to take the time to settle the mind and focus on calm.” Even just sitting quietly and focusing on breathing for 20 minutes a day can make a difference. Brar suggests choosing a quiet room, sitting in a comfortable chair and repeating a pleasing word over in your mind.