Friday, 13 February 2015

New beginnings-Abundance



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On the wellness blog, 40plusandalliswell, I have been looking at how abundant love can benefit your health http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/share-love-its-good-for-you.html

When abundance is mentioned, our thoughts may turn to abundance in terms of money. While we do need a certain amount of money, more than this does not lead to increased happiness.  

In terms of the yamas, to practice asteya, ‘non-hoarding’ we need to release any subconscious beliefs we hold that there is a lack of abundance and we need to take more than we need in order that our needs will continue to be met. When cultivating asteya in our asana practice we should practice each pose mindfully and to our best ability.  We should not be afraid we will become depleted in terms of energy.  Think of energy like putting money in the bank. The more you put in, the more it grows.

We can also cultivate abundance in our asana practice through backbends, side bends and twists.  These increase the flow of oxygen and prana into the body increasing energy levels and by relieving stress and anxiety opening us up to abundant joy. Pranayama techniques such as Kapalabhati, Breath of Joy and Lion Breath also have this effect.  

Backbends also open up the heart chakra which is associated with love, compassion and gratitude.  Opening up to gratitude allows for a feeling that we already do have a great deal of abundance in our lives.  The funny thing is, the more grateful we are for what we do have, the more abundance we attract into our lives in terms of joy, love, health, success and energy.  On the wellness blog, 40plusandalliswell, last week we talked about keeping a gratitude diary. Write down three things that you are grateful for each day 
http://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/new-beginnings-improving-self-esteem.html

Yoga asana practice also creates space in the body.  When we open up the hips we release any negativity that gets in the way of our joy and gratitude.  Making space in the body also allows prana to flow through the 72,000 nadis (energy channels) unimpeded, refreshing, restoring and renewing your energy and your health.

Finally meditation helps create abundant health by releasing stress which is the root cause of many illnesses in our society today. When you are less stressed, you become more open and trust that the universe will provide.

Wising you abundant health, joy, love, energy and success.

Namaste
Janet x

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