Karma Yoga & Your health
In this video, I will speak about some ancient wisdom from yoga and how that can help you lose weight or gain muscle and stay fit forever. This ancient social science is called Karma Yoga.
When you peak of yoga, many people automatically think of yoga pants and doing physical yoga, which is actually called asana, meaning postures.
But there is more to yoga than doing physical postures. Yoga is actually a science of improving the mind. And yogis who created it thousands of years ago built different disciplines within Yoga. Karma yoga, the title of this video, is one of the 8 disciplines of Yoga.
Before even doing physical yoga, there is karma yoga. Because ancient masters realized that it can be somewhat difficult for some people to start doing physical yoga and commit to it regularly. So the beginning of yoga is karma yoga, and the end is meditation.
The genius of yoga is this, in order to have full control of your mind, which is important if you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you need to cross three bridges. The first bridge to control is the one between you and the environment around you, the second bridge is between your body and your mind, and the last bridge is between your mind and your consciousness.
Yoga explains that if you are not able to control your environment, by control I mean, make sure it doesn’t enslave you and negatively influence your behavior, it will be impossible for you to reach higher levels of yoga and take full control of your mind.
This is exactly the same situation with your nutrition and fitness.
If you want to successfully transition to a healthy lifestyle, you have to gain back your individuality, reduce the impact of negative influences in your environment, cut the link, gain back your autonomy.
Culture, family, friends, co-workers, can all make it impossible for you to eat healthy and stay fit. We see this happening every day. People feel defeated out there.
This is what karma yoga is all about, helping people learn how to reduce the impact of their environment so they can gain more control over their own lives, and improve.
We hear this often, he or she is a victim of his environment. So it’s important we learn how to take back control.
In the best-case scenario, the environment, our friends, family, and culture would help us eat well, stay healthy and exercise, but that is not the case. 70% Americans are overweight or obese, which means 7 out of 10 people around you do not have a healthy lifestyle.
Applying the principle of karma yoga means, create some space around you, so you can have time to cultivate your body, mind, and spirit.
Reduce conflicts you may have with the environment around you as much as possible. Reduce the drama, don’t take part in new drama around you. Being involved in drama left and right make it harder for us to be at peace.
Besides the negative tension that can come with it, being too involved in other people’s lives and worst, gossiping, can distract us from what matters most, our health and happiness and top priorities.
There is only 24 hours in a day and our energy is limited, so we have to focus on what matters most.
So if you are thinking of losing weight, getting in top shape, and want to make this a lifestyle so you can be vibrant as you age, apply some karma yoga in your life, create some space and room to breathe between you and your environment, regain your individuality.
Then it will be easier for you to eat healthy and be active, more importantly, be consistent with it.
The mind is like a radio, it doesn’t work well if there is too much noise, you won’t be able to hear your own inner voice, so reduce the noise in your life, and all a sudden, you gain more clarity, then the better your health becomes, mentally and physically, the stronger your will power and mojo.
It’s up to you, thank you.