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

It’s not your story to tell

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They say there are two sides to every story. Well, I think there are many sides to that “same story”. Besides the people who were involved, the bystanders have their own perspective, version. So every person emotes and relates to the same story in different ways, which is reflected in their storytelling.

Some stories reflect people’s struggles, lows, weaknesses, addictions and darkness. But, the vantage point must be the transformation, the courage, the determination; which is often lost when you mix the facts with emotions and judgements.

We all have been judged and we are still busy judging others (be it silently), then how can our stories be authentic, how can we represent a story character, why do we get to decide who is the villain, victim or hero.

We need to be brave to tell our story, kind to tell another person’s story and wise to refrain from telling some stories, as it’s not your story to tell!!

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. —Theodore Roosevelt”

Mind your wings

Life is too short to be wondering “What If”

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What and If are two harmless words. But, if you put them side by side, they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life. “What If…. What if… What if..?”

Often I am stuck in the vicious cycle of “What if I had just waited some more….. What if I had given us a chance…. What if I had just shut my mouth”. Gosh, it’s driving me crazy. And then I remembered very wise words, “Delete What if from your dictionary and life gets easier”. 

There’s a story about a young girl who missed her dream date at the prom night, because she got too drunk and ended up throwing up. She spent her youth wondering “What if I hadn’t got drunk, we would be still dating or even better happily married.” Then perchance, she got back to that night. This time she was sober, excited to make it right and Alas she caught her date kissing her friend. What a waste of all the years wondering “What If”.

Things happen or don’t happen. You take a chance or completely forget about it. You risk or you choose to hold back. Whatever the case is, remember-

  • Action is better than Inaction.
  • Make a choice and accept the consequences. (as what if and only if will not change a thing).

The past is over. We cannot change things just learn, move forward and give your best everyday. Something that I live by is :

Give your 100%. Plan, check, cross-check and execute! If after doing everything, you get a different result. Accept it as the Universe’s plan for you. In hindsight you will see the wisdom and the good that was done. 🙂 🙂 

Mind your wings

Listen to your Inner voice

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You don’t need reason. You just know it!! In your silent moments you hear a voice whisper in your head. When doing something that’s bad/harmful for you, your body gives you all the signals and your mind sends SOS. It happens to all of us, call it gut, instinct, hunch or sixth sense.

Often, when we have the right information, your mind takes over. You start reasoning, searching for logic and basically you collect all the information to negate that inner voice.

But, trust me, that voice is always right. I have had the experience of not listening to my instinct and I have paid highly for it. Of Course, I was shown logic, sense and all those bad reasons for not listening to my inner voice. As a result of not following my gut, I have to bear the consequences and in the process I hurt the people I wanted to protect. Super irony. 

Anyway, cut the losses, learn the lessons and move on. I am sharing this with all of you, that you choose the right action. Even when the whole world, including your loved ones, the people who know you in and out tell you to trust them, believe your mind… Listen to your inner voice. Praying is speaking to the Lord and that inner voice is him speaking to you. Most of all, if you can forgive others, have the heart to forgive yourself too 🙂

Mind your wings

A Story called “Thank you 2015….”

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Hello everyone….

As 2015 comes to an end. I write my heart out. 2014 was one of the lowest points in my life, but 2015 was my learning year. When I was alone, the Universe and my Lord helped me the most. They sent people who gave me acceptance and affection. I had solitude to heal and revive. There were books which taught me to think right. Finally, I had my family who understood  the healing process and helped me in every way they could.

Dear 2015,

You have been an amazing year. You taught me to live, laugh and love again. More importantly you helped me love, me again. I cannot thank  self -development authors enough, for being my companion during these 365 days. And, WordPress you have given me a new set of friends and a whole different world which makes me happy and they accept me just the way I am.

2015, you will be a special year for me. You made me introspect and brought to light all my weaknesses, flaws and vices. Thank you for helping me become a better person. Today my quality of life has become better, I realise it’s because I am more deserving today.

This year has been special because I took a foot forward in writing (my blog) and yoga. I am absolutely passionate about these two things. I was always good at them, but it is only this year that I made them, a part of my life.

The magic that has been added to my life is because of the spells called: Law of Karma, Manifestation process, Power of Now and  Unconditional love and acceptance. Besides this, I now realize the power of meditation. It transformed my life for the better. And the magical ingredient that is very important is called “BELIEF”. Whatever you believe in is true for you.

Looking back, I see that the low was necessary to help me bring out the best in me. We all face challenges, it can make us or break us. For me, it made me with the help of my loved ones, the Lord and the Universe. Thank you so much. 🙂 🙂

“Thank you 2015 for being a New year

Thank you 2015 for giving me new dreams

Thank you 2015 for making me a new person

Thank you so much, I promise to carry your legacy forward”

– Mind your wings