I ran my first Yoga Day in a long time today. There was a mix of people who were completely new to the experience, as well as new to my way of teaching; and there were people who haven’t been to a Yoga Day with me for about two years. It made me reflect and realise that I love sharing yoga this way.
Today, we explored our yoga practice via the breath, and also contemplated how applying the Yoga to our lives on and off the mat can help us manage the frazzle we experience in our daily lives. Yoga practice essentially comes down to three concepts:
- Discipline … transformation occurs under pressure, and so commitment to creating change in our lives and the ensuing discipline required for the change to become second nature is necessary. What aspects of your life needs change? Could it be your diet, morning routine, physical activity, yoga practice, time management? How are well are you doing with creating that change? There is no such thing as stress; just the perception of stress. If we manage our time and lives better, than we give ourselves some sense of control. The discipline to stick to something ultimately creates a ritual, and I find comfort in ritual. So rather than be disciplined with what you wish to change in your life, try having a ritual instead.
- Self-study, introspection. With everything that you do, spend some time introspecting and observing yourself and your reactions. On the yoga mat, this can be as simple as observing how your breathe and how your body feels. Off the yoga mat, it’s observing our reactions to other stimuli, such as other people and situations. How do certain foods affect how you feel the day after? Why is it that some people rub us up the wrong way, without having so much as open their mouths? Why does someone’s Facebook post resonate with us, and others anger us? A better understanding of ourselves gives us choice to create change, should we see the need to. I always remember my yoga teacher say that yoga practice is about understanding our habitual patterns, and knowing which ones serve us and which ones don’t, and then creating new habits that will serve us better.
- Let it go! Let it go!!! No, not the song, but surrender to grace. No matter how much we wish to be in control, we know that life can throw us curve balls. So, be disciplined, do the work, reflect and then let it go. The more we can let go and have faith that the universe has our backs, the more we will feel at ease. When I’ve been involved with filming events with Les Mills International, the prep and rehearsals need to be done, and there comes a point where you’ve done all you can, and you just have to trust, let go and let it happen.
I have lived my life by these three concepts for the past twenty plus years. I will be honest and admit that there are times in my life when I do get frazzled still. I just have to remind myself of these yoga teachings and come back to them. To stop. To breathe. To refocus.
I would love to hear your thoughts.
Till next time … x