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4:13 pm

Lessons from the Mat

Today I had a wonderful conversation with my new friend, boss, and fellow yoga instructor Maria about some things we are learning as we practice yoga and live life. One of the things I came away with is how important it is as a teacher, student, and person to be vulnerable. Often that word in our culture is looked down on and as a quality it really isn’t something many people are going after. However, there is something so powerful and beautiful about vulnerability. As a yoga teacher I can only teach my students what I know. To try and teach beyond my understanding and knowledge would not be wise. For this reason one of my main goals is to be as transparent and vulnerable about my own experience and practice as possible. One of the things I am learning a lot about right now is how to be patient and relinquish my ideas about how things should be. For the last three months I have been battling a hamstring injury and a shoulder injury. Both of these things have been very frustrating and will take time and rest to heal. I’m pretty sure these injuries probably would have healed by now if I had just put aside my ego and practiced the principle of non harm by resting, but instead I kept pushing through it. This is a big problem. You see, the thing is… I am a yoga teacher. Yoga is supposed to heal not hurt and I’m supposed to know everything and have this crazy amazing practice and never do anything incorrectly. Reality check… I am such a baby when it comes to what I know about teaching, practicing yoga and living life. My teacher once told me to “never despise your injures for they will teach you more than anything else in your practice.” I can honestly say this is the truth and I feel that as a result of these injuries I am becoming a better student and a more effective teacher. It may take a lifetime to perfect some yoga poses and you may have some setbacks along the way, but the benefits of practicing far outweigh any setback. Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk once wrote, “We do not want to be beginners. But let us be convinced of the fact that we will never be anything else but beginners.” Although he was referring to one’s prayer and meditation life, I think there is such a truth within this quote that translates into any area of life. You can’t learn anything new if you think you know it all. Continuing to think of yourself as a beginner or novice requires both humility and vulnerability. If you live your life in this manner you truly will be amazed at how the simplicity of this disposition can bring joy and a lightness to whatever it is that you do. This comes as a direct result of not being preoccupied or overly concerned with standards and/or expectations. So next time you roll out your mat, keep it simple and make it your intention to just be a beginner. Leave the ego, don’t take yourself too seriously and enjoy the process of growing. What’s the worst that could happen? You might learn something new and actually have a really good time doing it! Dar Short

6:07 pm

Yoga and Emotional Stability

When we are anxious, depressed or angry and carrying distressful emotions for a long period of time it can begin to effect our health adversely. Yoga has been known to calm the body and mind, to raise awareness to yourself and diminish all the troubles that are taking place around you. Your practice can be described as balancing, strengthening, calming or energizing but most of all you must realize that any of these should be rewarding to you. To have a rewarding practice you must know what you wish to get out of it. If you are practicing simply for health then that is what you should receive, feeling energized, calm and strengthened is nothing less than healthy; healthy for the mind and body. If you are practicing to relieve stress, anxiety or pain then that will be the outcome of your practice; breathing, concentrating, almost going into a different state; yoga can be compared to hypnosis but is more similar than different because you are simply letting go during your practice to cleanse your mind. Your yoga practice can lead up to equanimity; maintaining mental calmness or composure especially during difficult times or while under tension. Yoga will help you maintain emotional stability if you allow it to. By Amalia Lages