with a little help from positive self-judgment, we are able to gain the confidence and security among ourselves to stand on our own.
(easier said than done, i know…)
from experience, yesterday i was able to come into a headstand for almost over a minute! (longer than ever before). I was able to accomplish this through positive self-talk within myself. It is quite amazing how much we listen to ourselves the most in life. Buddha is right…”what we think, we become”.
→take the time to notice the self-judgement within yourself. The way that you talk to yourself and approach different situations. Without compassion towards yourself, it is quite hard to create compassion with others. This is something i choose to work on every single day. Through each yoga pose, i am able to notice how effective positive self-judgment is to feel grounded. I realize this is not only in a yoga pose, but in everyday life. ←
I enjoy starting out my day with my yoga practice before a full day of work. Although, this morning I was definitely feeling the Monday blues. I decided that I would try a shorter, more gentle practice because I was not feeling 100 percent.
as I was practicing, I realized that I was flowing through the poses mindfully but at a higher sense of ease than usual. I realized this and noticed it for a minute… why was it that when I was not feeling 100 percent did I feel more at ease flowing through my practice?
I began to notice that this was because I was holding zero expectations for myself. I had zero expectation to do a pose a certain way or do a set specified routine (just like the times we tend to look our best when we don’t have the expectation of seeing others or going anywhere). I was simply allowing myself to let go and let be.
this experience opened my eyes to realize that not only in yoga but in everyday life, when we let go of the expectations, we are allowing ourselves to open up to a sense of freedom. Instead of looking at aspects as how we feel they SHOULD be…simply just let them be.
〈“wabi-sabi”; noun. the Japanese world view centered on the acceptance of imperfection.〉
“I think you have to adapt to what life gives you.”
The past couple of months, my eyes have been opened to the endless possibilities that life provides us with. I have received the opportunity to get to know Paul Ward as well as share the practice of yoga with him. Paul is extremely talented and one of the most active people that I know. He is employed at Yankee Stadium as the Coordinator of Disabled Services and Guest Relations, plays on a basketball team (sponsored by the Knicks!!), participates in kayaking and manages to find time to work out on his own. Paul was born with Spina Bifida but does not allow this to stop him from living an active lifestyle to his fullest potential.
Paul sparked an interest in the practice of yoga to increase awareness of his mind and body. Paul felt yoga would be specifically beneficial to increase circulation throughout his legs, strengthen his upper body, increase breathing awareness and improve stress management. I have got the pleasure of introducing Paul to the various benefits of yoga. Paul has participated in breathing techniques along with yoga poses sitting and laying down. Through each session, it is incredible to see that yoga can be performed no matter what your abilities are. Paul suits each pose to his body and physical comfort zone. During each session, I remind him that above all, be kind to yourself. Do what you can; never force anything.
Through the practice of yoga, it is understood that there is no “right” or “wrong” ways. Not only in yoga, but each day Paul demonstrates that through optimism and acceptance, it is possible to achieve anything. I will continue to work with Paul to strengthen his yoga practice and discover what is most beneficial for him. Paul continues to practice on his own time and is improving each day. My passion towards helping others to participate in the practice of yoga has grown immensely. I am eager to continue to help others to better themselves each day.
comparison of humans to sculptures from my newest “train read” – “Living your Yoga” by Judith Lasater;
→”when carving a stone, the sculptor removes everything that is not the statue. She does not add anything to create it, except the willingness to do the work. The art of revealing beauty lies in removing what conceals it. The wholeness exists within us, it is up to us to chisel away everything that is not essence, not Self.”←
I realize that life is a work in progress, a practice, a lesson, a journey, and most importantly a choice. We always have a choice of the way that we choose to live our lives. I understand practicing “a state of yoga” will not change an aching back, getting sick, losing a loved one, not getting what I want but I do know that it provides me with the assistance to a wholesome and mindful life.
take a moment to become mindful of the way that you are living.
“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”