Happy August! I can’t believe it’s already the 8th month of the year. I am currently up North for a Yoga Therapy Training and am deeply immersed in the practices and teachings of yoga. Although I have been at this practice for 20 years and opened the studio because I wanted to share these life-changing teachings, I am still fascinated by just how deep this practice goes and am always delighted by what I discover.
When we do the holistic (body, breath, mind) practice of yoga, the benefits are numerous affecting all systems of the body. As an added bonus, we develop the ability to detach, or in other words, we are less affected by every day stresses, obstacles and occurrences. We are able to de-link from a source of stress more easily and we get better at linking with the present moment instead. The letting go or detachment that develops can be felt on all levels of being; physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc. Since stress provokers are a part of daily life and stress is the number one contributor to many of the health challenges we face, the ability to detach from stress is a powerful skill to develop in order to lead a happier and healthier life.
The key is practice and this can sometimes cause people to give up before they even start. If we want to get the benefits of something, we have to actually do that something and with the appropriate effort. Unfortunately, there are some obstacles to practicing. One, we are an instant gratification society. We want results and we want them now. We are impatient with the process (when that’s really where all the magic happens) and will sometimes practice too hard resulting in injury or dissatisfaction with the results. Another obstacle is that if we have never done something before or have only done it sporadically, we may not be able to get beyond the discomfort stage of doing something new and into the habit forming stage.
We seem to be able to accept that if we have never played a piano and we start with our first lesson, we are not going to start with Beethoven’s #5. It’ll be more like chopsticks. It’s a progression and that is how we learn; by practicing. But when it comes to behavioral change, we don’t seem to cut our selves the same amount of slack as we may when we first pick up an instrument for example. I wonder if it is because we know when we need to do something that is good for us and can understand the value of it completely and therefore, we think we should be able to just do it. Simple as that. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Just like playing an instrument that we have never played before, we are going to have to practice in order to get better. It’s one thing to know something and understand it and believe it. However, to put it into practice is something completely different.
We have Yoga Month coming up next month, so now is the perfect time to re-commit to your practice and start seeing how a consistent yoga practice positively impacts your life. And if you are already practicing regularly, keep it up!
We have so much coming up to support you in your practice including two things I am very passionate about…our 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and our annual Chakra retreat which Bekah and I will be leading on the Big Island of Hawaii this year! For more information on the 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training click here http://yogablend.com/teacher-training and for more information on the retreat click here http://bit.ly/1A8UvEw.
Thank you for choosing to practice with us at Yoga Blend…we love sharing the practice with you!
AND the theme for our August Instagram challenge is…PRACTICE! You’ll be glad you did 🙂
With infinite love and gratitude…