10 things Yoga taught me

When I started my yoga practice, I wanted to be more strong, flexible and calm. Period. I was not looking anything further. But, sometimes the best gifts come in disguise. Yoga taught me lessons that have metamorphosed my life!

Life Lessons Yoga taught me

1. The body, thoughts follow the Breath

Breathe right! It may sound simple or even trivial. But everytime you feel lost, disconnected; Breathe deeper and be aware of the sound and the sensations. It gives you the courage and comfort to keep moving. Just like we use Ujjayi breath to stay in an asana, be aware of your breath to flow through the day!

2. Be present

We are either planning , reviewing, worrying or fantasizing. We are so often caught in the past or future, that we forget to relish the here and now. Yoga without awareness is not yoga! We might do a 108 suryanamaskars with our mind all over the place. But, a mindful 21 suryanamaskars is so much more beneficial to the mind, body and soul! Therefore, use your breath to stay present. 🙂

3. Find your balance

It sounds simple enough to say “you need balance in your life;” But it’s another thing to attain that balance. Yoga teaches us that balance is a result of discipline and perseverance. When we fall off the wagon, we can either wait for the next asana. Or, we decide to get back on the wagon until we succeed. Life plays by the same rules too…

4. Look inside for solutions

I love the quote, “When you change, the whole world around you changes!” “I had a bad day, the mat is slippery, the music is too loud, so on and so forth.” We can either look for everything that is wrong on the outside or you can choose to make your practice better! So often we blaming everything around us. But, maybe we are the sole problem. So look inside, introspect and you will find the best things in life.

5. It’s about the journey, not the destination!

Remember all the times you fell, while trying to get into the headstand. The times worked for a stronger core, that you could get into the headstand. Similarly, life is about the journey, not the destination. Enjoy the means and the end is justified!

6. The body has intuition

Your body knows when to stop or take a break. That’s why the lack of flexibility or we get sick. The body knows your limits, so follow it to be injury-free. Similarly, so often our “heart is wrenching” or “there are butterflies in the stomach.” The body has intuition relating to your physical limits and your emotional needs. Value listening to what the body has to say and you will love and be comfortable in your body!

7. How we do one thing is how we do everything

One of the amazing things about yoga, is that similarly to psychotherapy.  People tend to approach their practice in the same way that they approach other areas of their life. Do you eaily give up when you cannot get into an asana? Everytime you faulter in a balance asanas, do you come back easily? For this reason, raise your practice and life becomes easier!

8. We are good at what we do everyday

When we practice a particular asana everyday. We get into that pose perfectly and we can stay there effortlessly. Similarly, practice kindness, courage, respect everyday. And these qualities become a part of you!

9. Your practice is unique

Do what feels best and feels right in your body. This is the same for your life. Accept challenges and your body/life will have a newness to it. What works for another person may not work for you. So design your life, your way!

10. Laugh at your bloopers

Once in a while we might have fallen on our neighbour, while trying to balance. Or your body might have sqeaked, quacked or wheezed. Just laugh it out! Don’t take life too seriously. Smile in an asana and in your daily life. It’s way to short to get embarrased or depressed. 🙂 🙂

I went into yoga for a physical experience and came out with a renewed sense of purpose! There was mental clarity, gratitude, more flexibility for mankind and a different mental process. Who would have thought all that could come from spending sixty minutes on a mat?

Iti Jain

“Sometimes, I don’t like what I see in the mirror.” And Meditation is a mirror

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When we start practicing meditation on a regular basis. Our awareness automatically increases. We are able to see our motives behind actions, our deepest fears, the mistakes we made; Basically, we are able to see our innermost selves. That is hidden from the world and often from ourselves too!

Thus, when meditating, we are taken aback. Sometimes, we don’t like what we see. But the other times, appreciate yourself for all the good work. Be grateful that you have turned out humane.

Meditation cannot be distorted or you cannot be partial. You will see the good, bad and ugly. BUT, the aim of meditation is not transformation. The result of meditation can be transforming. Overtime, we need to stop judging what we see. We just need to be aware and accepting! And as a result of our awareness, we raise our consciousness as people. Our perspective becomes wider and atleast we see our trueselves. That is often hidden in midst of our ego and chattering mind.

Irrespective of all, spend more time with you. As only when you see the most authentic you, can you help yourself. Orselse, you’ll keep moving in circles.

Meditate, not because you want to become a better person. Meditate, because you want the best of you to be reflected!!

Mind your wings

Beyond the tip of the iceberg called Meditation

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“What lies before us or what lies behind us,

is much smaller than what lies inside us”

Hello Everyone 🙂 

It’s been 6 months since I started meditating regularly. Has it helped? A lot, I feel like a more balanced person and  I am more serene. At the start of my journey, I was looking at peace, focus and general well-being. But now I realize that ,these goals are just the tip of the iceberg called Meditation. There is a lot more than breathing, relaxing and focus to meditation. I share with you a more comprehensive view of meditation.

  • Meditation is like guarding your body and soul. It increases your immunity and psychic immunity. It helps you beat the negativity around you. Example: When the master is away from home, shady characters can take residence in his house. Similarly, when your awareness is away for too long, from your body and soul, shady characters like illness, anxiety, fear, negativity can reside in your body-mind-soul. Thus, it is necessary to consciously breath several times during the day and bring your attention to the energy field inside.
  • Our minds are like monkeys, jumping from one thought to another, the constant chatter and incessant activity. There is no peace, no rest and it becomes a one-sided communication. The conscious dictating to our subconscious. Meditation allows effective two-way communication, where our subconscious mind gives feedback to our conscious mind.
  • Prayer is when you talk to God and Meditation is when you listen to God.
  • Our subconscious mind knows how to heal our mind and body. The challenge is to silence the mind, that the subconscious mind can start its work without interference from the mind or external factors.
  • Meditation creates a good vibrating energy around the person which brings favorable people and situations into their life and gives them the strength to face challenges. This happens by awakening our inner consciousness during meditation.

“The thing about meditation is you become more and more you, you connect with your soul, you listen to your subconscious mind and you get connected to the Divine intelligence and the Universe. Just like you know that you are a small part of the universe, you also realize that there is a universe within you. Making others understand the effect of meditation is like explaining to a blind person what red/blue/green looks like”. Unknown

If there are any errors, please let me know. And If you can expand to my knowledge, please help me.

Thank you for being here. 🙂 🙂 

My wings are flourishing like never before ❤

Mind your wings