How many of us have set goals and found it hard to reach them? How many of you have found that your New Year’s Resolutions are no longer forefront in your mind? The problem always seems to be time and distraction. We get busy with other things; we get tired; we lose our confidence. Well today I want to share with you how yoga can help you in reaching your goals. I have been doing yoga consistently for the last year and it has helped me tremendously. Here is what I’ve found:
Yoga cross trains your mind and body for maximum potential. Imagine being able to optimize your attitude in one hour, per day, or less. Every day, people that do yoga for physical or mental health end up finishing their practice with the tools needed to be masters of their own destiny.
How is this possible you ask? Well, regular yoga practice results in a positive attitude adjustment for the participant. Many of us walk around with a “perceived handicap.” We blame everything for our set backs and lack of opportunities. Society, your boss, and your family, are all easy targets to blame, for lack of opportunities.
It is true that age, financial status, gender, and ethnic background, are factors in success. However, these factors can all be overcome by working toward your goal on a daily basis, and taking life one-step-at- a-time.
Remember, that if you think your situation is a disability, it will be.
So, where does yoga come in then? For one thing, you will appreciate life to it’s fullest. You will stop wasting time, by letting daily opportunities go by. Many of us have opportunities, but we think it won’t work, we don’t have what it takes for success, or we lack the drive to carry a plan through. I know I used to feel that way. I didn’t have the confidence to pursue things that I thought we way out of reach. Later I found out I was wrong, and that everything is possible.
Yoga and meditation teach you to supervise your mind. Up until now, your mind has been allowed to work against you. Much like a “back seat driver,” the mind is good at “second guessing,” fearing, doubting, and discouraging new ideas. The mind would prefer to stay in one place, and let the world go by, leaving you in a deeper state of frustration, by worrying about making a mistake. What you need to do is to cultivate a positive relationship with your mind through practicing yoga postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation. You can find all this, and much more, at your local yoga studio, online, or on your smart phone. The key is to make yoga a part of your regular routine. The opportunities to practice yoga are everywhere. Whether you practice before or after work is not important; you just need to practice. Once you start, I swear, you will begin to feel the mental benefits right away.
I know when I first started yoga, I ended up feeling guilty that it took so long to start. However, the important thing was that I started and made a commitment to continue. A year later I am a much more confident, stable, relaxed, and productive individual. My work life, home life, and social life have all improved. Yoga really has helped me not only reach my goals but also made a more well rounded person; one at peace with themselves and the world around them.
So, have you ever tried practicing yoga? What kind of benefits have you found?