Inculcate wellness habits of Yoga and Mediation in your daily routine to experience holistic health to relish life in its true colours
Q: How would you define wellness in today’s day and age?
A: Wellness today can be defined as holistic health. When one experiences a state of overall well-being – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, accepting the many ups and downs of life – that joyous and fulfilling feeling is one of wellness.
Q: Why is wellness – mental and physical – important?
A: The kind of demanding lifestyle that people lead today, with the challenges at work, relationships, health and so on can result in daily mood swings and chaotic thoughts. This directly impacts a person’s way of being and can manifest physically, mentally or emotionally. Rather than hitting rock bottom, when one realises how important it is to feel good internally to lead a life that we really enjoy for what it is, taking steps to welcome wellness into our lives becomes an automatic priority. Mental and physical wellness is very closely related. You can enjoy long-lasting benefits and a
far better quality of life when both are in balance. A healthy mind leads to a healthy body and vice versa.
Q: How can the urban Indian achieve wellness in his/her life?
A: Achieving wellness is possible when you try and make it a part of your daily life. I have personally experienced and continue to feel the many holistic benefits of Yoga, which is now integral to my well being. Given the busy lifestyle most urban Indians lead, it is always advisable to start making daily but incremental changes, baby steps as they say, towards achieving wellness. The first step is to make up your mind, a mental attitude of – ‘Yes, I am ready to experience absolute wellness and enjoy all aspects of my life as I am meant to!’ This is followed by figuring out what kind of a wellness routine can work for you. The last and most fulfilling step is when you start to implement this and begin to love and appreciate all aspects of your life.
Q: How does Yoga and Meditation contribute to the wellness of people?
A: Yoga is an ancient Indian practice, which has many fascinating facets to it. Meditation is a part of Yoga. If you stop to ask yourself – where do all the challenges I face in life come from? The most obvious answer might be – from the people around me, the situation or the environment. When you start to practice Yoga, which includes Meditation, there is a subtle but very powerful internal shift that begins to take place. Perspectives start to change. Awareness heightens. You begin to see people for who they truly are, peaceful and happy beings going through their own journey.
The physical practice of Yoga Asanas revitalises the body and balances the energies, making it flexible and strong. This allows you to focus on deeper Meditation and breathing practices. When you begin to feel more at peace from within after Meditation, there is an energy which radiates to the people around you. The global Yoga market is expected to grow by an additional $81 billion during 2019–2025. That is a clear indicator for what the world needs today – each person to feel bliss, peace and radiant health from within.
Q: Share some tips that can be implemented in everyday life to achieve wellness
A: Being a Yoga teacher and through what I have experienced, I can share 3 tips that will work well for anyone, anywhere in the world. Firstly, simply sitting in silence for 3–5 minutes as soon as you wake up and before you sleep. You can either focus on 3 things you are grateful for, or simply observe your thoughts. We do not try to block out the thoughts, but rather, let them flow in and out, unattached.
Secondly, a form of physical exercise, which makes you feel good, for at least 20–30 minutes every day. Yoga is ideal as it focuses on correct breathing and postures, physical and mental.
Thirdly, doing one activity every day that brings joy to your heart. It could be as simple as sitting and enjoying a cup of tea mindfully sans the phone, reading a few pages of a good book, complimenting someone you meet, buying yourself flowers, or relishing a piece of dark chocolate! Being kind to yourself first and enjoying life with an unbiased attitude is an important element of Yoga.
— Tarini Nirula is a Design Entrepreneur, Yoga Teacher, Wellness advocate, and Founder of Tarini Nirula Accessories & YogaTara (RYT - 500 International Yoga Alliance).
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