4 VALUABLE LESSONS THAT I LEARNED FROM DOING YOGA.
This weekend I received a really nasty wake up call to slow down and savour the moments during my Saturday Yoga session.
I am ashamed to admit that I wasn't doing an intense style of yoga, I was not even attempting any fancy moves.
I was in fact doing a couple of warm up stretches and happened to stand up too fast, because I was in a hurry to get the day started.
Sadly my brain did not believe that this was the correct way to start the day and promptly without any warning shut itself off!
Needless to say my day started on a heap on the floor with a horrid looking black eye from where I kissed the unit next to me a very good morning!
My experience left me with a desire to share with you the 4 lessons that I have learned from doing yoga.
1.How far along the path you are DOES NOT COUNT
Yoga, like life, is a journey. It doesn't matter where you are on that journey, what matters is that you are on the path. When we spend too much time focusing on our future goals, we forget to enjoy where we are right now. Be okay with wherever you are. Life really is about the journey, and not the destination.
2.Learn to love being UNIQUE
I'll often look at someone doing a perfect forward bend, their head resting easily on their legs and their hands comfortably behind their feet, and then I'll return my attention miserably towards my own forward bend - my legs piled high with foam blocks to give my head a chance of resting on something, a belt in my hands, looped around my feet trying very hard to do something that vaguely resembles the actual asana.
And I think my teacher can see what's going through my mind, because she chooses moments like this to share her profound wisdom...
"It's important to remember that we're all unique and that we each have our particular strengths".
We are always far too busy focusing on what we haven't achieved and what we don't have. Stop comparing yourself to others, and recognise that you are simply unique, walking this journey of life at you own pace.
3. Slow down and enjoy the ride
Trying to rush an advanced yoga asana is the equivalent of trying to eat a freshly sliced red hot chilli pepper - its nasty!!!
Whenever you think you don't have time;
whenever you find yourself rushing from one thing to the next; whenever you're stressed out because there's too much to get done...
...it's time to slow down.
And whilst it might seem counter-productive to slow down when you have so much to get done, give it a try and trust me when I say that it really does work!
When we slow down, we access our inner wisdom, our creativity and that allows us to achieve more, by doing less!
4. There are no WINNERS and LOSERS
Practising yoga isn't about being better than the others in the class. It's about recognising where you are on your own unique journey and moving forwards at your own pace.
When we understand that life isn't a competition with those around us, but a beautiful, fulfilling journey of taking a single step forward on our own path each day, we can learn to let the jealousy, frustration, and anger at those who are further ahead of us melt away.
WE can learn that stress is created by US and can be dissolved by US.
So with a black eye and an intention to savour the moments ahead,