Yoga and Meditation as Preventative Medicine

Written by Dr Sandra Miranda, ND
Every one of us has probably used the escuse that we do not have time for exercise and eating right, much less for yoga or meditation. For many of us, thoughts of meditating probably bring images of the kids running around after the dog, the doorbell ringing, and a loud noise somewhere in the background, as we try to go into meditative state.
However, those reasons may be the exact reasons why we need to consider yoga and meditation as preventative medicine.
Incorporating yoga and meditation as preventative medicine is just like adding anything else to our to-do list.
There are several ways to incorporate yoga and meditation as preventative medicine.
The Buddy System
You would not have to search far or long to find a buddy who is in need of some serious de-stressing, relaxation, or chilling out. Just start talking about the need for some rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation and you will find that attentive listeners suddenly surround you.
Yoga and meditation are beneficial to preventing illness in many ways:
* A relaxed body promotes a relaxed mind
* Studies show that positive emotions lead to healthier lives
* Studies also show that stress can cause major disease such as heart disease and high blood pressure
* Yoga and meditation relieve stress and cleanse the mind
It is in our best interest to incorporate yoga and meditation into your busy lifestyle. However, how do you do that? The answer is to grab an accountability partner. When one of you starts to say that you are too busy, too tired, or have too much to do, the other is responsible for wiping that negativity out and grabbing the other and going.
Being Intentional
Without intention, nothing will be successful. Whether you have chosen to take a new study class, join a gym, or practice meditation and yoga, you have to be intentional about it. If being intentional is difficult, here is a tip. Think about being an example and role model to your children. Tell them of your goal and this will motivate you to reach that goal. When your children see that you are achieving a difficult task, it will give them an example to follow in their own lives.
When you are intentional and you have a buddy to partner up with, yoga and meditation become easy. Once you discipline yourself to take care of yourself, you will find that you have more energy, more peace, and less illness in your life.

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