Advantages of Living A "Yogi Lifestyle"

It won't take long to anyone to find several hundreds of  Internet sites  listing the benefits of Yoga. The most common are those related to the physical aspects of Yoga. SImply put the reason seems to be that Yoga is often reduced to Yoga Asana, in an increasingly materialistic 21st Century society where hedonism has gone a long way. This scenario serves Yoga Asana quite well: increased flexibility, joints movement, peace of mind, breathing patterns, loss of weight, and many more.

Yoga Asana is however just one of the eight (8) limbs of Ashtang Yoga as presented by Patanjali, the  Sage who codified and listed the element of a duty full, and fully-fledged Yoga practice.  Yoga Asana belong to the category of external factors for practice called Antaranga which also include Yamas, Nyamas, Pranayama. The remaining three (3) limbs belong to the category of internal factors aka Bahiranga (Pratyahara, Dharana, Samadhi). Patanjali Yoga Sutra, often referred to as the "Book of Yoga" elaborate a number of tools including nutrition choices, and steps  to apply the limbs to one's practice over the course of his or her own life. When practicing Yoga for a long time, a few chances occur within the bio-energetic laboratory that is the human body as well as the bio-mechanical exchanges. Yogi often experience changes in lifestyles, and mindfullness throught their actions and initiatives.

Fast forward over 21 centuries, lifestyles, electromagnetic frequencies, radiations, nutritional depletion of soil, water,  and soil and many other changes incurred by growth and development make it there is a constant flow of negative or even harmful elements coming into contact with humans bio-energetic balance.  There are ways to shield these contacts. One of them is also to accept the assumption that human bio-energetic system is itself evolving and modifying itself to adapt to the changes of the environment. Other include making mindful, eco-friendly choices with regard to nutrition, energy consumption, and others. For a yogi, mindful lifstyles will also mean to integrate self-practice with ethical codes as well as letting for instance the benefits of pranayama and pratyahara guide his or her own choices. A disciplined and sustained regular pranayama practice will modify the way the body eliminates toxins and how energy circulates within the body. Whatever the choices and lifestyles it would be easy to notice that yogi usually handle any type of situations with greater awareness, mindfulness. The nervous system gains a lot of positive advantages at serving a yogi's body. The parasympathetic nervous system will maintain a calmer vibration and the sympathetic system will only perform its regular duties (i.e. digesting food) and won't be triggered at any moment.

A recent visit to a dentist, who happens to practice yoga, allowed me to learnt that from his observations, yogi and people involved with holistic therapies such as Reiki and meditation usually present the following characteristics:

- Don't need as much anesthetic as other persons drinking  lot of coffee and alcohol or even smoking,
- Have a better oral hygiene due to the better quality of the food intake,
- Have less dramatic bacterial infections;
- Have none to minimal secondary effects ( such as sustained pain)  from surgery or intensive treatment (such as crown and bridge replacement);
- In other words, their bio-energetic system is more immune and can handle certain situation autonomically. 

Let's take it that having a cleaner and leaner lifestyles improves quality of life not only externally (looking good and younger than the actual age) but also internally, requiring less artificial triggers to live a healthy and hapy life.

Namaste everyone!