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In my yoga practice, I’m always aware of my breath and the movements of my body. I turn my intentions into actions and bend my body to my will. The same is true of my wealth: I turn my visions into reality by being active, awake, and present in my career.
For the people who claim not to have the time or money to do yoga, I have news for you: simple practices can help you manage your money and time more effectively and efficiently.
Here are four ways yoga can help on your path to a richer, more authentic life:
- Reducing Stress, Gaining Health
Google “health benefits of yoga” and thousands of links will show up in a matter of seconds. Yoga is well-known for being super effective at reducing stress, anxiety and blood pressure. Making long-term healthy habits like yoga means fewer sick days and fewer trips to the hospital, which means more money in your pocket.
Yes, fancy yoga studios can be expensive, but to get started you just need space and access to the Internet. There are free articles and videos that can teach you the basics in a short amount of time if you’re willing to start practicing healthy habits.
Finally, if you’ve read The Power of Habit, you’ll know that establishing healthy habits in one area will lead to mindfulness in others. These benefits could mean saving massive amounts of money and adding happy, productive years to your life.
- Yoga Mindfulness = Wiser Spending Habits
This brings up the second point: if you’re more mindful, you’ll be way more careful with money. You’ll reduce chances of making impulse buys for things you don’t need.
Yoga can provide the invaluable time for you to connect with your mind and body. It can give you the space to see your true self and check impulses that don’t connect with your goals. And being aware of what causes these impulses in the first place will help you get past fleeting feelings that lead to regrettable decisions.
I attribute my success to my mindful pursuit of the manifestation of my dreams. Remember: wealth and mindfulness are connected—and you deserve both. This isn’t an act of penny-pinching or greed — it’s an act of self-love. It’s about appreciating yourself and being aware of the desires and goals that will lead you to a life of fulfillment.
- Becoming More Active Overall
Think about it like this: if you’ve just done yoga and checked in with yourself about your visions for your future, are you really going to want to sit in front of the TV for hours, space out on the internet or eat a bunch of snacks? No way.
If you feel fitter and sharper mentally, are you more likely to be up for adventures, quit bad habits and take more calculated risks? Yes.
If one good habit leads to another, you’ll be much more likely to pursue productive activities that keep you moving and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Building a Social Network
Group yoga classes can lead to friendships, support, and maybe even business opportunities. At the very least, you’ll be happier and friendlier for interacting with people who share a common interest.
Sure, happy hour can be a fun and easy way to socialize. But at the end of the day, too much alcohol can disconnect you from yourself and make you sluggish, keeping you in a haze.
Set a focus, make goals and take charge of your life. Yoga can help. Spiritual connectivity and wealth can go hand-in-hand by being mindful, present, and connected with simple acts of self-care. And once you get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit, nothing will stand in the way of your dreams.