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Yoga is one of the most effective practices to integrate the physical body consciousness to the spiritual consciousness The exercises of yoga are designed to put pressure on the glandular systems of the body thereby increasing its efficiency and total health Using breathing techniques - based on the concept that breath is the source of life in the body the yoga student gently increases breath control to improve the health and function of the body and mind Christensen p2 These two systems of stretching and breathing then prepare the body and mind for meditation The student then finds an easy approach to a quiet mind that allows silence and healing from daily stress Regular daily practice of all three structures of yoga produce a clear mind and a strong body Rajneeshp 54 At the core of almost all schools of yoga lies the practice of meditation Feuersteinp4 Yoga seeks to give a new sense of identity by enlarging our inner horizon In addition to this great ideal yoga also recognizes a variety of secondary goals such as physical well-being moral integrity and social service and harmony Copep1 Yoga is probably the worlds most perfect form of exercise It cultivates cardiovascular health and usculoskeletal strength and flexibility without the painful and damaging side effects of high-impact aerobics It tunes up every organ system - respiratory digestive reproductive endocrine lymphatic and nervous with regular yoga practice you breathe better sleep and digest food better Francinaps 11-14 Regular practitioners of yoga describe a whole host of subtle transformation in their lives changes that seem more mysterious more difficult to quantify and even describe Many experience moments of sharply increased mental focus and clarity and heightened perceptual and intuitive power Copep12 The techniques developed by the yogis to transcend also help us strip away the things that try to misdefine us - the emotions sensations desires achievements and failures of daily life Through yoga we learn to develop a
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