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How to Balance

Over the last several months, I’ve talked a lot about the elements of wellbeing that create a healthy lifestyle and how current research describes them as

RockFormation_Quotethe keys to healthier, happier living and aging.

Here is the chart I introduced a few blogs ago updated with the fifth component. The similarity between modern and ancient advice is striking.


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 Heart Stay social; feel connected; Ritual; connect to source;
  have a passion relationship


We need all components functioning together to fully experience the health benefits. In other words, the components need to be integrated so we are balanced and whole.

This can be a tall order. It’s all to easy to emphasize one area to the exclusion of another, especially with all the demands on our time these days.

For example, perhaps so much focus is placed on The Physical that The Heart is ignored. Or, conversely, so much attention is placed on The Heart that The Physical suffers. Many times, we aren’t even aware that our Lifestyle is out of balance.

Yoga makes us more observant and aware helping us to know when we’re out of balance and not fully integrated. Through asana-s (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation, yoga is an excellent tool for integrating the five components of wellbeing.

Over the next several weeks, we’ll apply yoga to each Lifestyle Element, beginning this week with The Physical Body and movement through asana.

You can download a practice from my e-book, The Five Yoga Essentials. Click on the purple box on the home page to get your free copy.

As a reminder and to help you decide on a practice, here’s a synopsis of each practice type and its benefits included in my e-book:


Practice Primary Benefit  
Forward Bend Stretch/Strengthen low back and sacrum  
Twist Improve strength and flexibility of spine  
Backbend Open and stretch the front of the body  
Lateral (Side) Bend Build strength/mobility in spine, rib cage,  
  shoulders and pelvis  
Combination Moves body and spine in all directions of  

If you have any questions about the practices, be sure to email me. I’d love to hear from you.

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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