Many people have suggestions on who the healthiest people are. In his book: Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, Deepak Chopra speaks on the many components of living well.
He believes that we all need prana- which is the energy source in our bodies that needs awakening, therefore, pranayama which is the breath, is what can help keep us healthy.
In traditional yoga practice, the breath is as important to learn as the poses. When you lift up in your pose, you inhale, when you lower, you exhale.
Learning how to slow down your breathing and find your inner peace through such things as meditation is a very helpful way to stay healthy in mind, body and soul.
What are the basics that we need? Fresh food, pure water and air, sunlight, moderate exercise, balanced breathing as mentioned above, nonviolent behavior, and a reverence for life.
Mental and spiritual components include a positive attitude, and free expression of your thoughts, emotions and feelings.
So slowly breathe in joy and breathe out love~
How do you find out if you have an imbalance in your mind, body and soul that meditation and breathing exercises may help with?
Here are some examples of Imbalances in the physical and mental sense that you may see
Physical Symptoms: dry skin, wrinkles
Weak or irregular heartbeat
Non-specific aches and pains
Weak immunity – susceptible to colds, pneumonia
Mental and Behavioral Symptoms
Intolerance to stress
Intolerance to cold
Some things that you can do to help you balance yourself in mind, body and soul
Regular habits such as regular meals, bedtime, work schedule
Warm, well-cooked foods, sunshine, avoidance of cold food and drink
Nourishing foods in cold weather, even some heavy foods such as long cooked soups and stews
Relaxing times, adequate rest, nurturing emotions
Stable relationships and work, stable home life
Calm and quiet time, orderly work
Warm and gentle sesame oil massages
Learn how to breathe better so that you can find your inner self
Taken in part from : Chopra, D. ( 1993). Ageless Body, Timeless Mind. New York, NY. Harmony Books.