Body the First step
Body is a temple, consciousness abides body and experiences the material and spiritual dimension of existence. Without a healthy body neither spiritual nor material pursuit is possible. Thus, purification of the body and maintaining health is the foremost important segment in a Hatha Yoga.
Body needs: Natural foods, Clean air, pure drinking water, cardiovascular exerciser and deep sleep to maintain its health.
Asana plays a vital role to keep the body in a good shape, yet food is the body’s fundamental foundation, as in yoga physical body is said to be a Annamayakosha..(the food body), it means body is made out of the food we eat. There is a saying you become what you eat.
Green Vegetables, Leafy green, Cereals and Fruits are the food given to us from Nature. It has everything we need from protein, carbohydrate, Vitamins and Minerals. And food must be easily digestible. It is understandable that mother of all disease is indignation. Processed food, inorganic foods and false food such as drugs whether socially accepted can cause disease in the body.
Purification of the body can also be done with Six Cleaning acts known as Shathakarma.
Management of natural food according to your body’s nature, slow yet long and deep breathing, cardiovascular exercise along with good stretch, hydrating and deep sleep is first responsibility or duty of a Hatha Yoga practitioner.
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