8 Yoga Truths That Help With Everything Else

Mooji: “First, completely know yourself.”

YOGA TRUTH: Breathe deep.

Remembering to breathe slowly and fully is, in itself, a life-changing practice for daily life. If humans breathed deeply before speaking, the world would surely be a more gentle place.

During a heated moment — a business meeting, or difficult discussion with a partner — slow things down by breathing. Deep and conscious breathing pulls us out of reactivity or heavy emotion and instructs the monkey mind to sit and stay.

Breathe and be present to the person(s) in front of you. What do they have to say? Are you all there?

 

 

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YOGA TRUTH: Pay no attention to what others are doing on their mats.

What another can or can’t do, does or doesn’t do, has nothing to do with you.

Comparison heaves us straight into the weeds. Fast. Every single time.

You’re valuable for being alive, for breathing, for being who you are.

All the rest is silly putty.

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YOGA TRUTH: How you arrive in a yoga pose is as important as the pose itself.

Success in yoga is not about touching your toes, getting to plank position or arriving in a picture perfect pigeon pose without a flinch. Yoga is not about accomplishment.

It’s about what happens on the way.

Though your mind might argue with you, happiness and true satisfaction in life is not about “the perfection of the pose” either. It’s not about making the next goal or achieving more.

In life, in relationships with others, what matters is your core. Take time to contemplate. Then move outward into the world.

Mooji says, “First, completely know yourself.”

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YOGA TRUTH: Once in your pose, which muscles could relax?

During an average day, how do you overwork needlessly? Right now, while walking, sitting, or even reaching for a glass of water, what part of you could relax?

While lifting a bag of groceries or driving the car, what part of you is working that doesn’t need to?

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YOGA TRUTH: A simple standing posture requires more conscious awareness than one might think.

Doing any movement consciously, with attention to how you feel in your body, even for the smallest flick of time, turns you bright and shiny.

Why not do it more often?

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YOGA TRUTH: Reach out. Tilt your heart open. Look up.

These are three beautiful and wise steps for any moment of life.

Connect with others.

Is your heart open?

Take time during the day to gaze skyward. You will be more likely to remember you are a limitless being, a wide open sky, an eternal soul. You are awareness.

The details of life unfold and reveal themselves within that pure awareness.


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YOGA TRUTH: Do balance poses every day.

Wouldn’t we be smart cookies if we practiced balance every day of our lives, if we developed a little-of-this-little-of-that approach to working, living, and loving?

What if we balanced sitting with moving? Doing for others and doing for ourselves? Working and resting?

What else?

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YOGA TRUTH: Rest at the end of your practice.

In yoga, resting (Savasana, corpse pose) is often done at the end of a yoga session. It looks like a nap, but it isn’t. For Savasana, you lie on your mat, get comfortable (with a bolster under your knees perhaps), close your eyes, breathe naturally, and practice eliminating tension from the body.

Researchers say this one simple practice helps relieve mild depression, high blood pressure, headaches, fatigue, and insomnia.

Imagine what the entire yoga class has done for you!

During your day, take moments here and there to consciously relax everything. It’s one of life’s little pleasure secrets. Don’t skip it.

Take a moment to notice your feet on the rug, how your shoulders feel, the color of the inside of your eyelids, the temperature of your hands.

Then, go onward and upward with your day. Resetting for even a few seconds at a time changes your outlook. Track it. I predict you’ll see a difference that will surprise you.

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“All kidding aside, if everyone did yoga, we would have world peace.” Rory Freedman

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Rise Up by Andra Day

What a great set of words for these oncoming days.

Rise Up

 
You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
Bring it to its feet
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
And we will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, oh, oh
We’ll rise
I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we’ll rise up
High like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
Ah, ah, ah, ah
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo
Rise Up lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Rippling Abs, Anyone?

Rippling Abs, Anyone?

During this strange time in history, I noticed y’all were tackling all sorts of interesting projects. I decided I needed one, too—something positive to remember the pandemic of 2020 by.
 
I decided to pay attention to something I had abandoned…
 
Nope, I’m not cleaning my garage. I am not organizing one single thing. I’m not planting a garden or cleaning up my yard.
 
Instead, I decided to take care of myself better. This, folks, has made all the difference for me.
 
With relatively little time and effort on my part, I feel so much better than I did a month ago.
 
On March 30, I got on the exercise bike and the yoga mat for the first time in a long time, and did 30 minutes each. I liked it so much that I decided to do it every day. But I fell short of that, and changed my commitment to every other day, which felt more manageable, reasonable, and doable.
 
I also get off the bike after every song, take a couple of sips of water, shake out my legs and arms for a few seconds, and get back on. This makes the bike project a reasonable proposition, too.
 
Daily walks of any length—by myself, or with my little guy, Jackson—are a fresh air bonus.
 
My recumbent exercise bike has pulleys to work my upper body while I pedal, which gets my heart rate up fast, and also helps my whole-body strength. It feels good to get up from writing, or doing a consulting session with a client, to do something physically challenging while listening to good music.
 
After only a month, I feel a sheet of muscles on the front of me I haven’t felt for a very, very long time. Goodness gracious. Who knew they were there. I’ll be posting rippling ab photos soon, I’m sure.
 
I have no idea what the scales have to say about my bike/yoga project—I don’t care. Paying attention to scales tends to send me sideways, and therefore, I’m ignoring them completely.
 
But—I LOVE the way I feel! Hang in there, everyone.
 

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Sometimes we ask intimate partners to do for us what is actually ours to do.

We ask our partner to give us the reassurance, love or appreciation we feel is missing in ourselves, with the hope that they will give us what we’re asking for—and then we’ll feel better. They’ll take care of our problem.

But when they do give us what we’re asking for, it can never be enough, because we have insufficient context for what they’ve given. We haven’t build the inner foundation to receive it, hear it, welcome it, believe it. They try to help, but their love for us falls into our void, our black hole, our love bucket with no bottom.

As always, there’s hope. Check out the video below.

Terri Crosby. http://www.incareofrelationships.com/.

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