Are you in need of a reset? Maybe you are feeling tired or lack motivation, or you simply woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. Perhaps external events are weighing heavily on you. Or maybe you’ve fallen into a pattern of negative thinking and need to flip the switch and find a more positive perspective. Yoga is a practice of looking within and shining a light on our true nature.
Enter the yoga sutras! The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are considered the seminal text on yoga and despite the fact they are thousands of years old, their enduring wisdom is relevant today. The practical philosophy can be employed to help us uncover our best selves.
In order to shift your perspective, consider Sutra 2.33: vitarka badhane pratipaksha bhavanam. When distracted by disquieting or negative thoughts or feelings, cultivate the opposite point of view and replace with the positive. This is pratipaksha bhavana.
Let’s consider a few situations and see how this practice can create a true shift in your attitude. Perhaps you’ve been critical of your partner and cannot seem to stop pointing out faults or annoying habits, like leaving dirty dishes out on the counter or piles of dirty clothes on the floor. And does this create a change in behavior? Probably not. Instead, focus on your partner’s positive habits, like always making you coffee in the morning or kissing you goodnight every night. Positive reinforcement creates more harmony.
How about how your inner voice when you are on your yoga mat? Do you criticize yourself for not being strong enough or flexible enough or balanced enough? Pay attention to your inner dialogue and if you find yourself being unkind, change your thoughts and praise yourself for showing up.
This weeks classes are perfect for when you need to hit the reset button. Whether you're feeling sluggish, frustrated, or just need a little motivational boost, any of these 4 shorter practices will help you get going!
1. Caitlin Rose Kenney - Midday Reset
2. Ellen Kaye - Brain Break (FREE Class)
3. Erin Wimert - Barre Quickie
4. Elise Fabricant - Reset Refuge: Come Home to Yourself
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