Did you know that disturbing emotions can be bad for your health?
Emotions such as anger, frustration, anxiety and even jealousy can manifest in the physical body and end up as ulcers, allergies, migraines and even back pain, if not more.
This is one of the reasons that simple practices such as yoga, tai-chi and even chi-gong can be so restorative for the mind, body and spirit.
Acupuncture is also one of the most effective methods to heal your body and spirit.
Everything is energy, and the truth of the matter is that energy cannot be created or destroyed. It can only be transformed. If you believe in this theory, you begin to see that hurtful emotions can often transform into illness and disease.
Some say that illness is merely blocked or clogged energy, and many therapies, such as reiki, acupressure and reflexology, work with the energy in your body to elicit healing.
The premise is that the mind can heal the body and that each and every one of us has a thousand-year-old healer within us.
Some say that we all have access to this sort of healing power; we simply need to learn how to use it and how to channel it.
Physics tells us that if you match the frequency of the reality you want that you cannot help but get that reality.
If this statement is true, then if you choose to focus on healing, then healing will come.
Well-being encompasses all of your parts, not just your physical body. When your emotions are in turmoil and you are continually anxious and stressed, you aren't really doing yourself any favors when it comes to healing.
A wonderful way to heal the body and spirit is through physical practices such as yoga, tai chi and chi-gong.
The ancient practice of yoga has been around for more than 5,000 years. Most Westernized yoga classes focus on physical poses, which are also called asanas.
Many cultures practiced some kind of yoga, dating back as far as the mid-third millennium BC.
Yoga is not only beneficial for strengthening the physical body, but it also helps one heal the mind and spirit through its meditative focus.
Yoga has many benefits, including helping to decrease depression and lower anxiety, and it can even help with sleep disorders and help you better manage pain.
Yoga is described as a general term that represents the physical, mental and spiritual disciplines that originated in ancient India. Yoga is actually one of six schools of the Hindu philosophy.
Most forms of yoga include some form of breathing technique and even some kind of meditative technique. While some forms of yoga focus purely on relaxation, others focus on core strength, muscle toning, balance and flexibility.
A simple yoga practice can help you both physically and mentally, similar to the practices of tai chi and chi-gong, which we will look at next.
Tai chi, which is an ancient Chinese tradition, is practiced as a very graceful form of exercise. It involves a slow, focused series of movements that are also accompanied by deep breathing.
Tai chi has also been called tai chi chuan, and it is a noncompetitive very traditional form of exercise and movement. Poses are performed at one's own pace, with each pose flowing gracefully into the next.
There are many different styles of tai chi, each with its own subtle variety.
Research has shown that tai chi may have some health benefits in addition to its mental benefits, as some studies indicate favorable effects on balance control, flexibility and even cardiovascular fitness.
Studies also show that tai chi can help reduce the risk of falls in elderly patients and those who are recovering from heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's.
Tai chi may also be quite beneficial for stress relief, in addition to mental health, with one study suggesting that one hour to one year of regular practice can increase psychological well-being while reducing stress, depression and anxiety.
Tai chi can also help also in enhancing the mood, so it is beneficial to both the body and the spirit.
The ancient practice of chi-gong or qi-gong, however you want to say it, is based on the idea that chi or qi is energy that flows through the body.
The energy pathways can get blocked at any point in the body, creating illness and disease.
When you engage in a practice such as chi-gong, the theory is that you free up these energetic pathways, increasing the flow of chi, which can help you improve your health and your spirit.
Chi-gong involves different movements that can be done in different orders. You may choose to use chi-gong to improve posture, coordination, endurance or even flexibility.
The practice also helps one maintain good health and improve the quality of life. According to the theory of yin and yang, a Chinese based principle, these types of gentle movements can help balance the body's yin and yang forces.
Any way you put it, these kinds of gentle exercises can help you in many ways because they are not only beneficial for restoring physical health, they are also beneficial in restoring and maintaining good mental health.
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