5 key insights on life from practicing Yoga
I come out of every group yoga class feeling a weird zen, like life is in my grasp and I can achieve anything (apart from the weird one’s which are more cardio than yoga), let’s just be honest here…… what’s animal yoga?
Traditional yoga has the ability to connect mind, body & provide spiritual well being.
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”
–The Bhagavad Gita
So, what’s the first thing you’re likely to hear at the start at any yoga class
“Go at your pace”
don’t compare/push yourself beyond your capabilities”
For regular yoga goers, this might seem like a redundant phrase but here lies a key message which we know somewhere deep down inside.
As human being’s we have the tendency /impatience/desire to become masters in the field/activity we pursue as soon as we start, but some things like mastering yoga take time and you need a growth mindset.
Let’s look at the most generic example from today’s generation. A lot of people on Instagram seem like they have it all, with influencers launching brands that become successful in a fortnight! The reality is that they’ve probably invested time in building themselves up “ their USP”.
Comparing yourself to another person can never help, it only removes the focus/control from your life into someone else’s and deters your growth. whilst if you go at your pace (focus on yourself, by bettering yourself daily you can be the best version of yourself aka boss lady/man)
“Don’t forget to breathe, breath is key”
which in retrospect sounds so simple but is something we all tend to forget
In life it’s the simple things that truly make it worth living for and it’s those small changes which over time can be monumental (Working out in the morning/leaving a toxic relationship/quitting meat) if we focus on improving the basic’s we’ll naturally get better at the bigger things.
Just like your breathing will help deepen your yoga practice.
“Take a child’s pose anytime you need too”
How does a child’s pose relate to today’s life?
Well we all want to hit goals/targets and some of us will hustle until we get there and maybe even burn out in the process, therefore I’ve personally realized that the more I take a child’s pose (relax in life) the better my yoga practice is (productivity level’s are up).
It’s basically understanding your limits and not pushing beyond them; fixing a problem is always harder than preventing it in the first place.
“If you fall, get back up into the pose!”
The fear of failure can be big for most of us, yoga teaches you that it’s ok to fall as long as it doesn’t stop you from getting back into the pose; It’s all part of the practice (journey)
“The very heart of yoga practice is ‘abyhasa’ — steady effort in the direction you want to go.”
Yoga cannot be learnt in one day/week/year it takes years and years of regular practice; how regularly and effectively you practice is what makes the impact. Take it from the “kaizen principle of life” which states that daily steps in the right direction can have massive impact over the course of time.
“Yoga takes you into the present moment. The only place where life exists.”