Mindfulness can bring us liberation from automatism, the need for immediate response, and it allows us to experience what we experience at a different level of consciousness. From a certain perspective one could conclude that without mindfulness set at the present moment, it is difficult to live and act consciously. There are many exercises to deepen attendance, and among them all the most fundamental is the practice of deep relaxation.
Superfoods are foods packed with nutrients, antioxidants, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes that can improve the condition and ability of the body almost overnight. It is not a great deal to eat the worthless food, the true art is to provide the body with a meal that nourishes it, regenerates, improves immunity, provides energy, and is quickly and easily digested. Of course, it is not about giving up our dietary habits and starting to eat radically, using only superfoods. A good diet is a well-balanced diet where superfood takes an important but not exclusive place.
Yoga is commonly associated with stretching exercises, as if it were merely a form of stretching or some other flexibility practice. However, there are few who knows that this is an extremely effective system of working with the mind, and the increased range of movements in the joints is somehow a "side effect" of this practice. By practicing yoga, we learn to use our mind in a conscious way, exerting it with the desired effect on the body and shaping the constructive perception of the world. Of course, the effects of this work are also felt in the physical body, that to my mind experiences the sensation of ease and release. After some time, we also notice the change in the way we perceive reality, ourselves and the surrounding world.
Depression, melancholy, lethargy, apathy, fatigue or disorientated states of mood can affect anyone of us. In order to treat this symptoms medicine offers a variety of psychotropic drugs that are about to cure these diseases. Yoga poses on the other hand are said to be a natural way of returning to the emotional balance - through the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises). The practice of yoga, like any other physical activity, increases the level of serotonin (hormone of happiness) and allows us to find the purpose in life and giving it a meaning by creating a desire to experience life more.
Have you ever heard about the term 'yogic dream'? It sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Well, to be honest it absolutely is. Yoga Nidra turned out to be one of my favourite relaxation method I've ever practiced. What is a Yoga Nidra and how does the practice infleunce our mind and body - let's put some spotlight on all benefits it brings along. In a nutshell, Yoga Nidra refers to the conscious awareness that happens during the state of a deep sleep. It is a yogic technique of mental sleep; it brings total relaxation while maintaining a state of total awareness. During practice of Yoga Nidra we’re able to turn our thoughts patterns towards those positive ones for ourselves. It is said that 20-30 minutes session of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to about 3 hours of a deep sleep.
In Sanskrit Ujjayi means to conquer, to be victorious. Practice of Ujjayi Pranayama reduces a flow of air at a height of the throat and varies the pressure in the lungs, that increases the exchange of oxygen and circulation of blood. Ujjayi breathing during the practice of Yoga increases concentration that helps to hold the challenging poses during the asana sequences longer by bringing the space and strength to every muscle of the body. It also helps to release tension accumulated during these difficult asanas and regulates the body temperature that prepares the body to do the asanas execution; heat makes stretching safer and cleanses the internal organs out of toxins that have accumulated within.