“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” - Nelson Mandela
Being graceful and strong when life is flowing along smoothly is one thing. Maintaining that grace during difficult times is a different proposition. We’ve learned this lesson on a global scale over the last eighteen months. Our lives are different, and we’ve all had to tap into our inner strength and resiliency, often to levels we’ve never imagined accessing.
Life is a rollercoaster and how well you navigate the twists, drops, and 360-degree loops is an indicator of your resilience. Yoga can help you empower yourself and tap into your inner resiliency and strength in such a way you can continue moving forward in your life despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Learning to bend before you break is vital.
Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. That's the role of resilience.
One of yoga’s great teaching centers around impermanence––yoga reminds us that everything is temporary. Everything. Accepting this principle can aid us when we experience illness, loss, and grief. The only constant in this world is change and tuning into this universal truth helps us feel more in step with the rhythm of life and death and transformation. We’re living through a time of extreme transformation of the world and we’re all doing the best we can to adapt and live our best lives.
Yoga, pranayama, and meditation are vital tools on this winding path. By moving and breathing and focusing our thoughts in a deliberate manner, we’re strengthening our wells of emotional resilience. The power of creating this inner flexibility and strength is boundless––we can transcend external circumstances if we recognize how powerful our own spirit is to handle just about anything.
Simply put, yoga helps us cope and learn to embody resilience through all of life’s ups and downs. Nobody can escape pain and suffering. Learning not to identify with the suffering and instead to use it as a tool for growth is one of yoga’s greatest gifts. Yoga helps us tap into our inner strength, our flexibility, our acceptance that life is a dance between shadow and light.
Join us this week for four classes specifically designed to help you tap into your inner resilience––not simply to survive tough times, but to transcend them.
Be Resilient Flow with Claire Petretti Marti
Firm and Strong with Pradeep Teotia
Mindful Motion for Healing with Shannon Paige
Embodying Shakti with Jeanie Manchester
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