Thursday, 3 August 2017

Qualities cultivated by yoga - positivity

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Positivity is important.  If we focus on the negative, getting locked into ‘what if?’ and imagining all kinds of unpleasant outcomes, it is almost as if we are offering a ‘prayer for chaos’.  If this is repeated often enough the universe will make these thoughts a reality.  We can change our thought patterns by being grateful for all the blessings in our lives and this is what our meditation focuses on this week.

Our asana practice can be a series of exercises that benefit the physical body and therefore the mind because of the mind/body connection.  To go deeper however we need to focus on the breath or sensations as we hold.  This ‘anchors’ us to the present moment and if we do this often enough on the mat, we will start to stay present off the mat. By staying present we can change our outlook to one that is more positive. In our asana practice this week I wanted to use visualisations in the poses to ‘anchor’ us to the present. To that end I have used poses that are named after animals. The early yogis often took their inspiration from nature so there are many poses named after animals.

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