|Ayurvedic and yogic practices for your health and wellbeing
Living the practice of yoga in your everyday life
To live a yoga lifestyle is more than just attending a yoga class once a week.
In fact, although yoga asanas is beneficial to the body, not much will be gained from such a small amount of
practice. To truly make progress upon one's spiritual path a daily Sadhana, or spiritual practice, is a must! A
daily spiritual practice is only way to bring the fastest results to self-realization, as it allows time daily into which
we can devote ourselves to connecting with spirit and our higherselves.
Three main aspects in maintaining a yoga lifestyle are as follows:
Yama and Niyama - The first & second parts of the eight fold yoga path of Patanjali
Asana and Pranayama - daily physical and breathing exercise
Right Diet - Sattvic Foods (pure, simple wholesome foods)
As an aspirant or Sadhaka (one who practices Sadhana), who wishes to gain a higher understanding of yoga
and decides to incorporate yoga into their lives, the first thing that must be accomplished is developing a daily
routine. This routine will be different for each person depending on worldly circumstances, such as one living
a householders life with children or a student that attends classes.
Of course the fastest results can be obtained by one who can devote their whole time and day to the practice
of yoga and a daily routine. However for anyone looking to start a program of Sadhana, writing out a daily
routine and then following this outline with resolve and dedication will bring about great progress for the
Sincerity and regularity in Sadhana are the secrets of success in the spiritual path!
A simple daily routine of 4 steps should be planed as follows:
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|1. Rise up during the ambrosial hours
Get up at 4:00 AM daily. This is Brahmamuhurta which is extremely favourable time for doing Sadhana or
yoga. All major parts of your spiritual practice should be done during this period from 4:00 AM until 6:00 or
7:00 AM. Devoting this time to your daily Sadhana will give quick and maximum results. Why so early in the
morning one may ask or others may say that time is to early that it can not be done? The yogic scriptures
calls this time the ambrosial hours, the 2 1/2 hours before the rising of the sun, the time at which the
connection to God can be the greatest and easiest to obtain. It is in these hours that the auric protection is
strongest and prana, the basic life force of consciousness, concentrates. Physical cleaning of the body
through asanas is accomplished more easily in these ambrosial hours than the rest of the day.
Another benefit is that the rest of the world and household is still asleep so there is less noise and disturbance
to interfere with your meditation and yoga practice. If you are not accustom to waking up at such an early
hour, start training yourself by setting your clock a little earlier each day until you a met the goal. At first this
may seem hard to do, however, by doing your spiritual work and yoga exercises first thing upon waking it will
prepare you with energy and willpower to take through the rest of your day! Plus there will be no excuses to
put for this important work until later, which in fact, will most likely be forgotten as the day becomes busier.
Though many challenges may come to stop your early morning yoga practice, as you conquer each
one, you will build willpower, your confidence, and the ability to connect with your higher self and
In the beginning, the conscious effect and willpower it takes to start a daily routine may seem like a
negative action. It will impose discipline at the cost of some other activities such as sleep,
or staying up to watch a movie, etc.
However, you must ask yourself this one question... Are you willing to act and think in your
higher consciousness, or do you wish to hang on to your old patterns and identity even
|2. Yogic morning cleansing routine
Each morning start with a cleansing routine
to aid in purifying the body before beginning your daily Sadhana - which is for purifying the mind and spirit.
As one approaches the divine, the body should be cleaned, dressed in fresh clothes, and a sacred space
provided for your spiritual practice and meditation.
Purity of body helps to bring purity in thoughts, action, and deeds.
Please follow the above link for in depth details about yoga daily cleansing routines
|3. Meditation and Japa
4. Asana and Pranayama
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An empty vessel makes much sound.
He who talks much, does little, knows
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