Each person has some quality or trait that you can learn from and imbibe in your life. Himalayan yogis lead a very disciplined and healthy life and are probably one of the best examples of what well-regimented life should look like (next to an army officer surely). If you only thought that the life of Himalayan yogi was only something that can be admired from afar and seemed impossible to adopt in an ordinary person’s life then you were wrong. There are some things you can pick up from them for your betterment and greater well-being. In case you were wondering which habit you can implement in your life, here are six to begin with –
Remember Getafix, the druid from the Asterix comics who used to add herbs into his magic potion and made the consumer of the magic potion strong and powerful? Herbs are packed with natural goodness. They help to heal you from the inside due to their nutritional properties. Herbs like Ashwagandha, Turmeric, Neem and Boswellia are anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial that help to boost your immune system. Yogis were well informed about the power of herbs from time immemorial and were wise enough to include them in their diet. Thus was the birth of Ayurveda.
So if you want to heal and rejuvenate your system naturally then be like a Yogi and eat herbs!
Stop and Meditate…
Nowadays everyone is so caught up in a busy schedule that you rarely get time to just stop for a few minutes, relax and meditate. Keep aside 15-30 minutes every day for meditation or better Yoga. The benefits of doing meditation daily are countless. It helps to keep your asthma in check as it improves your respiratory tract. It improves memory, attention, cognitive skills and immune system. It reduces stress, feelings of insecurity, anxiety and prevents heart and brain diseases and the chances of cancer. Most importantly mediation lifts your mood as it makes you feel really good and positive from the inside.
Directly related to doing mediation and keeping your mind and body healthy is surrounding yourself with positive people. The people you mix with matter a lot in terms of your mental health. Toxic and negative people have a bad influence on your mind and the way you think which will inadvertently start to reflect on your health. Try to look on the bright side always and be positive. People are naturally drawn to all things happy and positive.
If you are reading this then you are probably on the same frequency level here. Himalayan Yogis keep their minds open to learning new things. Try to learn something new every day. Knowledge helps in new perspective; it helps in making you a thinking individual. Cogito Ergo Sum anyway? Read a new book, watch a new documentary or listen to inspiring or relaxing music. Knowledge about the world and things feeds the soul. Keep your hunger alive in the right way.
A friend of mine recently remarked, “I get envious whenever the media flashes images of Himalayan Yogis. Man, how fit and healthy they are?” Maintaining a healthy diet is not all that difficult. All it requires is a little bit of strong-will and perseverance. Yogis have since long mastered the art of self-control. Be it urges, emotions or food cravings. Treating yourself to extravagant and unhealthy foods from time to time is okay. But on a daily basis you should focus on having well-balanced and nutritious meals at regular intervals.
Start your morning with a warm cup of water (with a little bit of honey if you like). This helps to kick out toxins from your body and regulate your bowel movements. Try to eat less oily and more wholesome meals in the morning to keep you feeling energized and full the majority of the day (especially should you consider to skip lunch although skipping meals is not recommended). Have a really filing lunch and go light on your dinner as it is difficult for your body to digest heavy foods at night. Include a lot of greens, yoghurt and proteins in your diet.
Keep your tongue clean
One of the most overlooked practices of Ayurveda these days is scraping the tongue and keeping it clean. Overnight toxins accumulate on the surface of the tongue, those white waste products that you might have noticed while brushing your teeth in the morning. You can buy a tongue scraper which is pretty reasonable in terms of affordability and start scraping from the back. This action helps in stimulating your body processes as each area of the tongue is directly associated to an organ.
So what are you waiting for? Adopt these habits and embrace your inner ‘Yoginess’. If you follow the above points diligently, you can be assured of a happy and healthy life. But life being what it is, there are bound to be occasions when your healthy habits unintentionally take a back seat. It is at this juncture, availing the services of a good doctor becomes crucial. Additionally, you should also be aware of the annual blood tests that are required once you cross your 30s. If you are on the look out for quality home blood tests, get in touch with Portea today.