Paying attention to mind matters

Health and Wellness

by | Dec 12, 2023

Although quality of life and life expectancy have never been better these days, our lives are also riddled with more stress. It seemingly comes at us from all sides. Work, home, children, health, finances, a hectic social life or the lack thereof, time pressures, FOMO ….

Many a time, these stressors manifest as physical symptoms — headaches, poor digestion, auto-immune disorders, and lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. The fact that our physical illnesses may have mental roots is cause enough for us to want to seek timely professional help to address mental issues. The payoff is well worth the effort you put in.

Hypertension, often referred to as the “Silent Killer,” poses significant health risks if left unmanaged. Pratimoksha Enlighten Yoga Center in Dubai offers guidance on preventing hypertension with practical lifestyle adjustments. Key strategies include increasing the intake of vegetables and fruits, reducing salt consumption, quitting smoking, engaging in regular exercise and meditation, and ensuring you get good sleep. These changes can significantly lower your risk of developing high blood pressure and improve overall health.

At Pratimoksha our holistic approach to teaching Yoga means that our clients get the benefits of Yoga in totality. Not only are physical issues addressed, but there’s plenty of help and guidance on how to achieve a balanced mind that can step back from everyday chaos and look at life in totality. Goal setting, time management, setting priorities, inculcating discipline, learning to deal with stress and channel it — all these are areas that get attention.

The more time one spends on one’s mind, ridding it of habitual thoughts and improving it with higher ones, the greater the benefits all round.

Why it’s important to address mental issues

1.     For one, you begin to have a greater appreciation of how your mind works — the kind of thoughts that are predominant. This awareness is key to cleansing one’s mind of negative thoughts and the feelings that arise as a result.

2.     Working with our awareness, we can now take concrete steps to address stressful thoughts and feelings. Various techniques such as a SWAN analysis help you replace negative thought patterns with positive motivating ones. SWAN stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Ambitions, and Needs. By listing these out we begin to identify those aspects of our character that help us and those that hinder our progress. The next step is how to play to one’s strengths while working on areas of weakness to reach our dreams.

3.     Working on our minds always helps in cultivating a sense of equanimity within. Ancient yogis spent years trying to reach a state of mind where the joys of life would not send them to dizzying highs and the miseries of life into the doldrums. Both have their place in life and were received and accepted with grace and balance. Although we might not achieve this mental attitude, it’s worth aspiring towards. Along the way, we cultivate patience and fortitude. It’s difficult to sway people with such temperaments. They are able to stay true to their principles and weather the trials of life often bouncing back quickly from upsets.

4.     A balanced state of mind helps in all aspects of our lives. Whether it’s the work front or the home front, relationships, and friendships, life seems to work out more smoothly. It’s not that such a person has no problems, but they are able to live through them, their characters acquiring more depth, sincerity, and strength.

If you live in Dubai find out how you can transform from the inside out with our Beyond courses that lay emphasis on physical and mental conditioning through a customized series of Yoga classes. You learn everything there is to know about physical posture with some Yoga philosophy too. For more information call/Whatsapp 00971-50-395-5613.

Pratimoksha also offers online sessions.

Besides our signature Beyond programs, we have a 5-star rated Yoga Alliance certified Teachers Training Course — RYT500 & RYT200.

Yoga Therapy, pre-natal and post-natal programs are also among our most after programs. Give us a call today.

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