You can think of a yoga practice like a river flowing through you. When you start a yoga practice, only a trickle of “water” or energy might be flowing to each muscle, organ, or gland. You also know the steps to take to make the yoga work. You come consistently, with joy, over a period of time. Slowly the tides start to change in your body. You begin to experience more energy, less pain, and just a general sense of well being that lasts after yoga practice. Here is where you need to know how yoga works for it to become more effective, and begin to take steps off your mat for your health and well being. The philosophy will make all the difference in your life. In fact, one of the teacher trainees said it best, ‘The part of this training that I was least looking forward to was the philosophy, and in fact, this is the part of training I enjoy the most, and have learned the most. The way you (Paula) have described it has made an impact on my life.”
Most of us have “unknowingly” drank some poison in our lives, according to philosophy. In fact, I drank a little bit yesterday, by mistake. You see, even for those of us who know, it is easy to slip up under society’s pressures. Arsenic will not kill you with small doses overnight, but gradually it does. The poison that I’m referring to is complaining. At some point, most of us (especially under trying circumstances) complain and vent our frustrations out. When we do this, it is like a mini release in the body, that temporarily feels good to explain what bothers us. But, not only do we ingest some poison with the act of complaining, but the person listening to us does as well. That is why, we should try to not complain. It also helps to be around people who know these things, and don’t complain themselves.
It all goes back to yoga practice. Doing your yoga practice 2-4 times a week will start to drastically improve your overall outlook on life. Says one student this week, “My husband says that I’m happier since I’ve started yoga.” Getting back to that “flow of water/energy” idea, don’t be surprised that after a time of feeling great practicing yoga that an obstacle will come your way. A river never knows it’s own power, until an obstacle is put in it’s path. Think of obstacles like pains, or diseases in your body. The more you change your actions/thoughts with yoga philosophy, the stronger your river becomes, and can “sweep” those obstacles out of the body.
See you on the mat,