Yoga in Practice
Train Your Mind for Empowerment, Part
Let's look a little deeper into training your mind for empowerment
and success. The mind spends much of its time evaluating and
categorizing everything. This is an automatic early warning
system to react to daily situations and potential emergencies.
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However, the mind should be "wired" to automatically
find solutions in all situations, instead of "freezing
up." One method is to realize when you should engage
in facets of Yoga for more productive use of your time. For
example: When you are too busy for Pranayama, Asana, and meditation,
this is the point where you need to practice Yoga the most.
The most productive people I know make an appointment for
themselves. You could write an appointment down on your daily
schedule to make "solo" time for yourself. This
is time that you set aside for yourself - just like an appointment
for your hair stylist. That is also why some people have a
personal coach, life coach, personal trainer, or Yoga teacher.
However, this time should be used wisely, and you should be
living in the present moment when you practice any facet of
Yoga. After a few days, you will see your productivity increase
and your sleep patterns will improve. This is possible because
you are now in control of your own schedule. You will not
accomplish as much - if you spend most of your time running
around in circles.
Therefore, your Yoga practice should be performed on a daily
basis. If you cannot do it alone, you should seek out Yoga
classes or a competent Yoga teacher. Be honest with yourself
and do not postpone a change of lifestyle that is in your
With reference to training your mind - you should also take
the time for self analysis. How much time do you spend "second
guessing" yourself? Researching a situation is one thing,
but giving up due to obstacles, is quite another. Learn to
recognize, and expect obstacles, as they are on every path
of life, including the Yogic path.
Affirm the positive aspects of your life every day. Let your
family know that you love them. Appreciate what you have,
and give thanks to God for your existence. There is always
someone who has a harder life than we do. Appreciate this
fact, and show loving kindness to every person you meet, regardless
of their status.
Do not draw comparisons about material wealth. Most of the
materially affluent people I know are very unhappy and worry
about money all the time. The sad fact is material wealth
does not equate to empowerment.
Paul Jerard is a co-owner and the director of Yoga
teacher training at: Aura Wellness Center, in North Providence,
RI. He has been a certified Master Yoga teacher since 1995.
He is a master instructor of martial arts, with multiple Black
Belts, four martial arts teaching credentials, and was recently
inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He teaches
Yoga, martial arts, and fitness to children, adults, and seniors
in the greater Providence area. Recently he wrote: Is Running
a Yoga Business Right for You? For Yoga students, who may
be considering a new career as a Yoga teacher. http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org/index.html
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