What Does “Holistic Living” Really Mean?

When looking into holistic health, it is easy to find information on eating organic, better nutrition, Yoga, and alternative medicine practices such as Ayurveda, acupuncture, herbalism, meditation, etc.

There is a lot of information, and it can be overwhelming at times. However, the basic idea that one may get is that holistic health is all about the healthiest, non-invasive options for a healthy body. That’s exactly what it is.

But what about “holistic living?”

This may or may not be a concept you have heard of, but it is the basis behind holistic health and wellness.

Holistic living is a lifestyle approach.

And when holistic living is broken down into its components, this is how we get holistic health, wellness, mental heath practices, and alternative medicine practices (i.e. Ayurveda, acupuncture, herbalism, meditation, etc).

When engaged in “holistic living,” we move from treating illnesses with holistic health and wellness practices to living a healthy life that may prevent certain illnesses. This also allows us to live meaningful, purposeful, satisfying lives.

Holistic living takes into account that human beings are complex; as is the life we currently live.

What do I mean about human complexity? 

As human beings, we are made up of several “bodies” (these can be explained in several, more thorough ways. This is my simplified version): our spiritual body (spirit/soul), mental body (mind), emotional body (emotions), and physical body.

These bodies are interconnected; so when we take care of ourselves, our practices should be interconnected as well.

For example, taking Yoga as a holistic lifestyle approach, I practice the asanas to strengthen and stretch my physical body, pranayama (breath work) to calm and tune in to my emotional body, meditation to activate my mental body, and the Yamas and the Niyamas to work with my spiritual body.

After the work I do within myself, I then continue to think about how my life impacts my “bodies.” This includes my nutritional health, exercise, finances, career, education, and pursuing my hobbies and interests. This is a whole-person approach as well.

As a Yoga Instructor and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I do the same for you. My goal is to help you live holistically. After analyzing areas of your life, we can formulate a plan of action.

I would love to assist you in your Health and Wellness Journey.

For more information, feel free to contact me or schedule a consultation.

In the meantime, I have listed practices below that impact your “bodies.” Remember, each practice can impact more than one of your “bodies.” Please don’t hesitate to let me know if or how they’ve improved your life.

Holistic Health and Wellness Practices:

All the best. 

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