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Your Heart’s Desire

We have been exploring the elements of well-being that create a healthy lifestyle. Both modern medicine and the ancient yogi’s grouped these elements into the same 5 categories. They just describe them a little differently. (My 4/30/14 blog has a detailed passiondescription of each category.)

We’ve looked at four of these five components of a healthy lifestyle. Following is a synopsis of each element. You will quickly see the similarities between our modern and the ancient recommendations.


Lifestyle Element

Modern Medicine

Ancient Yogi’s

The Physical Body Stay active; keep moving Move with asana (postures)
The Energetic Body Breathing techniques for general health & life management The same
The Intelligence Life long learning to keep a sharp mind Chanting and memorization to keep a sharp mind
The Personality Meditation for clarity and stress management Meditation for clarity and refinement of the personality

The fifth and final lifestyle element is The Heart. Notice how we’ve moved increasingly inward from the physical body to our “heart” or emotional body. This is the part of us that finds meaning in life and gives purpose to our life. It is what brings joy and happiness to us and is our reason for being.

Passion. Heart’s Desire. Inspiration. Relationship. Connections.

These are some of the words modern medicine currently uses and ancient yogi’s used to describe this fifth element. There have been studies done on the oldest old. People who are healthy and living into their 90’s and 100’s. The common thread among them all is having a passion, an excitement for life. They still feel connected and valuable.

What are your passions? What inspires and motivates you through the good times and the bad? What keeps you connected?

Since the beginning of time, humans have used ritual to stay connected and develop relationship with themselves and others. How can ritual help us create a healthy lifestyle? We’ll explore that question in the coming weeks.

Enjoy and Breathe Easy!


Joanne Thompson

Joanne Thompson

Founder/Owner at Yoga for Self

Health is a precious gift and my goal is to help you live a healthier, happier life through yoga. Every private session is uniquely designed just for you. For a free telephone consultation call me at 303.818.4181. Discover whether personalized, private yoga instruction is right for you.
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