Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Lessons from yoga - Happiness comes from within

We all want to be happy.  There comes a point as a yogi when you realise that lasting happiness does not come from material things. Although a new dress does give me fleeting happiness (sukha),  true happiness comes from being content with what you have, not grasping for anything you do not need.  Please see my blog post, 'Taking your yoga off the mat - aparigraha' http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/taking-your-yoga-off-mat-aparigraha.html The blog post also includes a meditation entitled 'You are blessed'. I have written more on how yoga can help create feelings of happiness - please see 'How yoga can help make you happy', http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/how-yoga-can-help-make-you-happy.html We have a tendency to put happiness on hold -  'I will be happy when I Iose weight (climb higher up the career ladder, win the lottery..........(fill in the gap))  but yoga teaches us to live in the moment, not carrying the burden of regret, guilt or resentment from the past or storing anxieties about the future.  Yoga is proven to change our brain chemistry in a way that lowers anxiety.  

Other ways you can increase your innermost feeling of happiness include selfless service. When we do good deeds for others, we find that we get as much happiness from that deed as they do.  I also find that connecting with nature helps generate feelings of happiness.
Please see my 'sister' blog,'The sadness of disconnection from nature'-

My intention in this week's video is to let go of the burdens we carry from the past and make space in our bodies and minds for positive thoughts so that for the most part we can have inner core of happines regardless of external circumstances. We open up the chest area to release anxiety and stress making room for joy. We will also use the breath to connect with our heart centre to release unconditional love and joy.  I also believe that unhappiness can stem from feelings of disconnection from others and the breath is a reminder that we are all connected through the breath. We end with a healing meditation in which we release the burdens from the past that weigh us down and get in the way of us experiencing happiness

Please see the video on my YouTube Channel-
'Lessons from yoga-Happiness comes from within'- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkWJ638hrOU

Janet x

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