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April 27, 2015
The conquest of old age through the practice of hatha yoga is a reality. Practicing asanas (postures) pranayama and meditation will keep ones muscles, joints, ligaments, and glands healthy will improve ones entire life. When yoga is practiced, one will look younger, feel younger, and act younger, because the body, mind and spirit will be in balance.
The joints will be lubricated, and the nerves will be calm. All yogic exercises are based on the formula of stretching, relaxation, deep breathing, and increasing circulation and concentration.
It is noteworthy that living creatures that breathe more slowly tend to live longer than those with rapid breathing rates. The theory that yogins who breathe more slowly and more efficiently than the average citizen live longer and have a better quality of life is one to take note of. This is difficult to prove, but it is safe to say that breathing slower will add years to ones life or, lets say, life to ones years.
To achieve longevity then, we need to fuel our bodies from the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and a small amount of the radiation from the suns rays. Most of the energy we get is from the air we breathe.
The solar plexus is the battery for the storage of this energy (prana) and is then supplied throughout the body from here. We need a cooling system for the physical body. This can be achieved by practicing the relaxation techniques of yoga, principally the corpse pose. The next important point to achieve longevity is lubrication of the joints by practicing the various yoga poses.
Lastly, we must have a strong mind to get the maximum benefits that yoga has to offer. This is achieved by having a time for meditation set aside everyday and a time to practice poses and some complete breathing techniques.
These five points must be utilized in order to attain longevity and to conquest old age.
In conclusion, these are just three of the many more health benefits that are available to one who takes up the practice of yoga. In this modern day and age the damage of modern society is showing up everywhere.
We, as a society, have more common ailments, such as, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. We also are fighting the daily ravages of modern stress, including, the noise level of cities at an all time high, air that is filled with pollutants, water that we have to worry about what is in it, and let us not forget the green areas of the earth being ruined by modern man.
To practice hatha yoga, then, is to be in harmony with the total planet and to have the body, mind, and spirit in balance to achieve peace and harmony all over the world.
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