Mind - Body - Soul Balance

Have yourself a Good Morning – II

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, the way I begin my morning has a huge impact on how the rest of my day turns out. So I make sure I begin my day on a positive note.

As I was looking into various practices suggested by the ancient Indian texts, the one thing that was stressed upon for a good, healthy & balanced life is the practice of Pranayam or Deep Breathing.

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Pranayam is a Sanskrit word that can be broken into ‘Prana’ & ‘Ayama’. Prana means ‘Life Force’ & Ayama is to extend. The Practice of Pranayam has a lot of benefits. It creates a steady a controlled mind, Reduces Depression, Cleanses Lungs, Improves the Lymphatic system, cleanses tissues, improves digestion & if practiced regularly over a period of time cures diseases.

After learning how to practice the Pranayam exercises, I decided to include them in my morning routine. After offering (Arghya) water to the sun god, I started practicing Pranayam.

After practicing Pranayam for about 2 weeks now, I cannot go without it even for a day now. It feels so fresh, alert & light after you have done it. My energy levels have improved significantly & so has my concentration. It does make a difference!

Rules for Practicing Pranayam.

a) It needs to be practiced on an empty stomach.

b) In the beginning start with a 5 minute practice.

c) Never overdo it.

d) Consult with a doctor before beginning any new exercise form.

Doing my Pranayams is my favorite thing to do in the morning now. If you are physically fit, You should definitely try it out.

Here are the links of 2 basic Pranayams that I practice everyday.

For those who already practice it, let me know how you like it in the comments section!

Love,

Arry

 

 

 

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Have yourself a Good Morning – I !

For me, the way I begin my morning, sets the tone for the rest of my day. So I thought why not begin my Mind – Body – Soul Balance series with a post on working towards starting off the day on a Positive, Fresh, Happy & Balanced note.

So today, instead of hitting the snooze button & rushing with the rest of the morning, I resisted the temptation & got out of bed & freshened up.

I knew I wanted to establish an early morning ritual for myself & keeping that in mind , I decided to start my Journey towards achieving Balance in my life with a morning spiritual practice that is given a lot of importance in my religion, Hinduism & my country, India.

I decided to give Arghya to the Sun ( Offering water to the Sun).

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In India, Sun is treated as a God & According to the Hindu Vedic scriptures, offering water to the Sun God in a copper vessel is given a lot of important.

I think it is really important to begin your day positively and having a spiritual base to it. Connecting with the higher power fills you with a sense of peace & fulfillment. It also helps you get centered & focused. Isn’t that the best space to be in during the earliest part of the day?

Go on, Customize it your way. It can be something as simple as a Thank you god for another beautiful day & staying in that space of gratitude for a minute.  Just try & get into that space within yourself where you feel peaceful, fulfilled & supported. Most religions have their own morning spiritual practices. Why not follow some from your religion.

If you are not religious, go connect with mother nature, observe the sun rising, the bird chirping, the cool flow of morning breeze. Just have a little morning ritual, that gets you in the inner happy space.

Once you are in that space, happy & fresh get on with the rest of your morning.

What I do with the rest of my morning, stay tuned!  More on that in the next post.

What is your early morning ritual to get centered? Let me know in the comments section!

Regards,

Arry.