Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Lessons from yoga - Enjoy the journey

In this new series, I want to share with you some of the lessons that I have learned from yoga.  In this first video, the lesson is 'enjoy the journey' which seems appropriate as we start our 'journey' into 2016.  In our lives we have a tendency to want to know what is going to be happening today, tomorrow, this week, next week and so on.  Life isn't so predictable and if we become too engrossed in trying to sort out are lives in the future, we are missing out on the joy, the laughter and the simple pleasures of today.  I am not saying that you shouldn't plan at all, just that you cannot become too attached to the outcome.  Remember that this moment is a gift and that is why it is called the present.

On the yoga mat we may become attached to how a particular pose should look.  We may then become frustrated if we cannot do the pose.  The inner critic may then surface 'Why can't I do this?' 'I'm useless at yoga' etc.  Anyone can do yoga.  There are many options which will give you the same benefits so there is no need to struggle into a pose.  Wherever you are in a pose is just perfect.  Never sacrifice the breath for the pose.  If the breath is strained, you lose the benefits of that pose.

Bearing all this in mind, this week I have chosen a challenging pose, Noose Pose, for a peak pose practice. You may not be able to do the final pose and I am only going to do the intermediate version although I will indicate how to do the advanced variation if your body allows.  Being able to do the final pose really doesn't matter.  What I want you to do is enjoy the opening up of your body that precedes the peak pose and the release of tension from your mind. There are modifications - if you have knee issues, or a herniated disc, the full pose is not for you.

The benefits of Noose Pose are that it stimulates digestion and elimination, stretches the thighs and lower back, opens the chest and shoulders thereby improving posture and helping to release stress. 

I will leave you with a quote from the yoga sutras of Patanjali - 'Chitta Vritti Nirodha' which translates as 'yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind'  that is not squeezing your body into 'pretzel' shapes.  

Please see my yoga video on my YouTube Channel-'Lessons from yoga - Enjoy the journey'-https://youtu.be/RYl6IrqOoIU

Janet x

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