We are creatures of habit. We don't like it when our routines are disrupted.
It's the same when our preconception of how things should be is challenged…say, when it comes to our yoga class. When this happens, it can throw off even our favourite activities and what used to always bring us contentment is suddenly a source of stress.
The Universe will always give us opportunities to practice our beliefs and learn some lessons our spirit needs to evolve. The following article is about one such opportunity for me to practice Satya or truth and honesty in a situation where I would have done anything to soften the blow of pain and suffering of a most special person to me – my son.
My son was heartbroken. In August 2013, his pet hermit crab died. One evening, he and his father inspected the shell and though the eyes had sunken, they thought they saw a bit of movement. There was hope, little though it was...
Ahimsa is the Yogic teaching popularly known as non-violence and, in my humble opinion, overly connected to vegetarianism, or more precisely, to the killing of animals for food. Now, the issue of whether one is an herbivore, carnivore or omnivore isn’t the theme of this article, but rather the hurtful judgements we impose on ourselves and others. Here are some examples:
Example #1, Imposing our choices on others: I was once involved in an unfortunate Facebook discussion over Yoga practitioners not having integrity or not being a “true yogi” all because they eat meat. Th...
I’m listening to a selection from Ed Sheeran’s first album and visualizing my lesson plan; inhaling and lifting on this note, flowing into this pose at this section, pausing here, moving when this hits… Of course, I’ve already physically practiced it, but I get a deeper feel for the flow when I practice it in my head as well.
As I’m starting to Zen-out, I’m reminded of a couple of feedback from my former students after a class. One said, in verbatim,
“I love your class but I hate the music!”. The other one was pretty much the same.
As students, many of us come into yoga through the physical aspect – as an exercise or weight loss program. Some come to de-stress and some don’t even know why they are drawn to yoga. Whatever your initial reasons are, these pointers may help in your journey.
Reaching Your Yoga Goals, for Students
Be an “Empty Cup”
Regardless of whether you are an absolute yoga beginner or someone with years of experience, it is essential that you let go of your preconceptions and expectations because this leads to you judging yourself, your yoga teacher and your practice. This is differ...