Does yoga help improve quality of life?

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Yogi Cameron Alborzian
Alternative & Complementary Medicine

Whenever we experience hardship, we may feel we need to simply get over it and even sublimate the pain that we encounter. But pain like this rarely just goes away on its own. If we don't address it in a balanced way, it's likely to creep up on us again down the line. This is what happens when we have a disagreement with our spouse or partner, never really address it, and it becomes a source of bitterness later on when another disagreement crops up.

Yoga helps us to train the mind to no longer attach to the source of bitterness and pain that we might have experienced in the past. Rather than stuffing it down deeper into ourselves, we address it with necessary outlets. We might do this through communication and other tangible actions, but we can also do it simply by letting go of whatever pain is haunting us. Someone may have done something we consider to be wrong, but in letting go and forgiving them we no longer feel the torment that we once did.

Ultimately, when we let go of the pain and suffering that typically plagues us on a day-to-day basis, we enjoy a much higher quality of life. We feel greater love for other beings and receive greater love as a result.

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