How to Manage Body, Mind and Spirit?

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Most developmental biologists accept the need for a holistic or integrative conception. Spiritual evolution is integrative process and it can be achieve with simple, persistent approaches such as: 1. Mantra 2. Yoga breathing exercises. When breath wanders irregular, the mind is also unsteady, but when the breath is still, so is the mind. 3. Proper focus for fasting rejuvenates the body and makes the mind concentrated. A complete fast of 24 h gives the body rest. 4. Balanced diet. 5. Ayurveda believes in five great elements- earth, water, fire, air and space, forming the universe, including the human body.

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