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I believe meditation is the key to emotional regulation. We often allow external influences to dictate our feelings, reinforcing negative behaviors often accompanied by significant consequences. I was never a fan of meditation until I recently gave a class on Raja Yoga to a group of incarcerated men. Raja Yoga is a form of Hindu yoga intended to achieve control over the mind and emotions.

Raja Yoga stuck with me because, at that moment, I realized that many of the inmates I interact with might not have full autonomy over their physical selves, but their minds and emotions are only compromised if they allow them to be. I also realized that fact applied to me and everyone else in the free world. Raja Yoga is not your typical yoga related to numerous postures and exercises. The practice of yogic meditation requires eight limbs split into four external limbs that focus on positive self-action and four internal limbs that focus on mastering the body to still the mind.

The benefits of Raga Yoga are amazing. A king takes action with self-confidence, independence, and assurance. Similarly, a Raja Yogi is self-sufficient, fearless, and independent. Raja Yoga is simply a way of practice and self-discipline. Raja yoga is all the more prominently known as Ashtanga yoga, or the “eightfold way” that prompts profound freedom. If you are seeking inner peace and emotional stability in this chaotic world, I suggest you examine Raja Yoga because we all deserve bliss of the undisturbed, the natural state of calm, serenity, peace, communion within, and contentment.

Get in the comment box and let me know your thoughts on meditation and how you protect your emotional well-being.

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