Andrea Bobby

Andrea is a lifelong practitioner and certified Teacher of Yoga from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Kerala, India. As well as being the founder, creator and author of Body Mind Light and a Brand Ambassador for yoga clothing lines, she also teaches private classes in Sivananda Yoga in Toronto, Canada.

21 Responses

  1. Yunier says:

    My girlfriend has talked about this type of yoga in the past and I kind of ignored her but after reading your article it seems that it’s a way to have a more positive life. I might join her as it seems beneficial 🙂

  2. jazzy323 says:

    Wow when i visited your site, it really calmed me..i know that sounds weird but everything from your logo and theme, was very refreshing and fits your niche really well. As for the five points of yoga i absolutely agree that all the points mentioned such as diet and proper breathing all go hand in hand.

  3. Vicky says:

    Great article, thank you!
    These are all good things to think about. I must admit that I struggle with the last point.

    Finding a balance in all these areas are very important and something everyone should strive for.

    Vicky

  4. Tony W says:

    I love the five principles of living. The explanation of the difference between sleep and relaxation has me thinking.

    Also the harshness of traditional exercise makes it difficult to do the older you get. I see people doing Yoga into their 80’s. I can see myself doing it more and more as I get older.

  5. Mimi-CU says:

    You really break down the principles of Yoga in this very simple but equally informative post. I love Yoga, but I have only engaged in the exercise and breathing aspects (in other words generic yoga). It is nice to see that there is a lot more to this and I would love to explore it in more depth. Thanks for sharing. Loved your post and site. This is one site I know I will be coming back to frequently.

  6. Jeff says:

    Very informative article on yoga! I think that the proper diet part is the most important. Here in the U.S., our food is killing us! I am usually most tired after eating..

    Anyways, thanks again for the article. Now I just got to put some of it in practice…lol. Proper relaxation would probably be the hardest one for me. 🙂

  7. Erna says:

    We do need all of those principles. However, I don’t know much about yoga. I will try to search about it more, how to practice it.
    Thank you very much for your article.

  8. Aarti says:

    Very beautifully written..simplified and accurate! Pleasure to see you are taking Yoga and meditation to the common people around the world. This is indeed the most beautiful task and contribution to our universe. Loved every article of yours.. so keep it up. Yoga was always my part of physical life but meditation gave a 360 degree change in my outlook in last five years. Will surely endorse your this step to all my friends.
    Love n grace….

  9. Scott G. says:

    It’s no accident that I came across this site today. I really need a better way to manage stress and emotions. I’ve looked into this before, my daughter has been doing this for years. I guess I am not sure where to start. Can you recommend a starting point for beginners? Maybe the 12 basic poses? Thanks.

    • Andrea Bobby says:

      A good starting point will always be to sign up for yoga classes. Under the guidance of a certified instructor, you’ll be sure to start off on the right foot! Happy practising, Scott!

  10. Taking A Leap Of Faith says:

    The Five Points of Sivananda Yoga Are the 5 ways of living a yogic lifestyle. The first step is proper exercise. Most exercise today leaves people out of breath, strained, and tired. After a yogi completes his poses, he feels relaxed yet full of energy. The poses are meditative combined with deep abdominal breathing. This increases flexibility, creates a toned body, enhances the flow of vital energy and massages the vital organs. Yoga exercise is great for cancer patients, it’s not hard on the body and creates an environment for cancer to not thrive.

    The second step is breathing correctly. Most people breath very shallow, and through yoga learn to use maximum lung capacity, which revitalizes the body and brings more oxygen to the brain. Bringing more oxygen to the brain not only helps your body revitalize but it also helps keep it more healthy. Oxygenating you body and its cells keeps away cancer.

    The third step is better relaxation. And through a session of Sivananda yoga what is called the corpse pose is used a few times throughout the session, and it releases conscious and subconscious tension in your body, helps detach yourself from your ego, and helps eradicate your mind of negative vibrations and thoughts.

    The fourth step is proper diet, which first states everything should be done in moderation. A yogic diet is lacto vegetarian which means they eat milk products, fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, honey, legumes, nuts, seeds, and herbal teas. It is of course eating slowly, with gratitude, not overindulging, and preparing meals with love and nourishment in mind. A diet such as this, especially if you are eating raw fruits and veggies is also great for cancer patients.

    The fifth step is positive thinking and meditation. During meditation you are to focus on one point, become still, and focus on your true nature. Negative thoughts hinder this, so acknowledge them, let them pass, then turn them into positive thoughts. You need a creative, humble, positive, joyful outlook on life that focuses on consistent learning and self-Improvement while staying at peace within yourself. Meditation and positive thinking had also proven to help cancer patients.

  11. Robby says:

    Hi! Delightful article with loads of knowledge and insight. I practice meditation myself for the past year now and have witnessed substantial benefits that you can’t really buy. Awareness is the big one for me. Also, ego is another one that will keep us from abundance. I wish meditation and yoga was taught in school from our childhoods. Imagine where society would be if we were handed meditation from early life? We are all one, at the end of the day.

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