Yoga in Practice
Train Your Mind for Empowerment, Part
Sometimes, the pause in time, between intention and action,
is the best time for Yoga practice. This gives you time to
rationally focus on your intention. Of course, if this is
an emergency, there will be no gap in time, and your action
will most likely be reaction. Therefore, our reactions are
not always rational, or positive, but with regular Yoga practice,
that will change.
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Earlier, I mentioned that you should "eat, sleep, and
drink" positive energy. However, with the practice of
meditation, and/ or Yoga, you can always develop a state of
tranquility (Santosha). There are many reasons for this, but
one of the first among them is non-attachment to the outcome
of your plans.
This does not mean you should give up, but the best laid plans
are subject to change, at any moment. We cannot control nature,
or the universe, so we have to "roll with the punches."
Whether the outcome is good or bad, we have to adapt to this
life the best we can, and we should be creative along the
road of life.
Life is a journey, but we are not entirely in control of it.
When we learn to accept what we cannot control - that is also
Santosha. This state of acceptance is also a form of surrender
to a "higher authority"; but to some people, this
causes a feeling of helplessness. You should always maintain
the frame of mind that - success is "just around the
corner." Coincidentally, many students have this same
positive feeling of hope and aspiration about their lives
after a Yoga session.
If you are not in total control, how can success be so close?
Life has "ups and downs," but innovators become
achievers - when they recognize opportunities within their
grasp. This is why you train your mind to react instantly
to situations with sound solutions. There will be situations
where you have control over the outcome, and this is the time
when a trained mind has an advantage.
In order to second guess yourself about a decision, you need
to have time. While you have that time for "soul searching,"
practice Yoga, meditate, pray, and come up with the best rational
decision possible. When you have applied logical thought to
the outcome, you cannot look back at decisions with regret.
Lastly, instant decisions depend upon how we have previously
trained our mind. Yoga and meditation help you train your
mind at all times. When you train your mind for empowerment,
you will be able to make the most rational decision in an
emergency. You will also be able to help those you love most.
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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