Lessons from the Yoga Mat

Many of life’s lessons can be learned from simply committing to a few minutes a day on the yoga mat.  Hmmm…how so one might ask?

Hold Warrior I for 5 minutes and observe what happens within.  This posture will start to deliver a wonderful burn (think of it as blissful discomfort) for many in the quads, while others may feel the shoulders fire up.  Point is the pain is tolerable but it’s so easy to give up, step away from it and become frustrated.  What happens if you stay and breathe?  5 minutes isn’t a lifetime, right?

Now think about when you’re faced with an obstacle in life.  In life, pain is inevitable but there’s always a lesson in it if you chose to experience the pain and learn.  Or is your tendency to flee instead of working through the challenge to find out what’s on the other side?

Yoga asana practice is a lab for which we can experiment with how to tolerate the pain that can’t be avoided and how to transform the pain that can.  The pain you face on and off your yoga mat acts as a teacher.  It makes us stronger for the next event and/or pose.  By doing the work on the mat, you’ll be stronger for the pain encountered off the mat.

Life’s journey is unpredictable.  To find peace and to truly live, we need to go through the ups and the downs and see that each has its own lesson to offer.  As hard as it can be at times, it’s important to remain strong and receptive through the good, the bad and the ugly.  No doubt that this can be a lot of work, but like with most things in life we have to work through it to reap the rewards that life has to offer.

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