Diwali is a festival of light, joy and prosperity.
In the Ramayana Lord Rama rescues his wife Sita from the Demon King Ravana with his brother Lakshmana and an extraordinary monkey god possessing special powers called Hanumana. On Lord Rama’s return after a fourteen year exile Diwali was celebrated for the first time.
Among the many mythological stories related to the festival of Diwali, the victory of Lord Rama over the Demon King Ravana is a celebration of the victory of good over evil.
The story can also represent the struggle of the Rama and Ravana within each of us.
We are all faced with emotional struggles, difficult decisions and tough choices.
Whether they are external struggles linked to our careers, family life or friendships and relationships or more often than not internal struggles and demons such as overcoming negative mindsets or fear of failure - the question to ask is who is going to win? Will it be the Rama within or the Ravana?
Apart from the benefits to your physical health, strength and flexibility practising yoga and mindfulness can help you beat those inner demons and so bring peace and joy to other areas of your life.
Your mental wellbeing is so important if you want to successfully overcome your inner demons.
Practising yoga will help you focus and be present. You will find peace of mind and as you improve in your practise your self esteem will also increase building inner strength to overcome any challenge you are faced with.
Find the light and joy you are seeking and defeat your inner demons by practising yoga and mindfulness.
Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali!