A good friend once said “This life is awkward “.
I agree. You never know what is in store for you or what different events in your life could teach you.
8 months ago when I started the very rewarding practice of Yoga, I was just a fitness freak who needed a spice to my daily squats and weekly cardio. I would finish my workout sore and do a little “stretch” to ease the tension in my muscles. Fast forward to today, I dedicate at least 3 hours to practice every week and I have benefited both physically and mentally from this healthy habit.
Earlier, I said you never know what you can learn from the various events that take place in your life. Well, I have made a list of 6 unusual lessons about life that yoga has taught me. With or without yoga, I hope you too can learn from these. Enjoy!
1. Appearances are deceiving.
Our world is becoming more and more visual thus making this a very important lesson for me. This lesson comes in two forms;
First, everything is not as easy as it looks.
I used to look at yoga pictures on social media and say “oh she has both feet on the ground, I can manage that” but getting into the practice has made me realize that poses are harder than they appear. Same with life! Good following on social media, clear skin and a couple designer bags is no guarantee that a person is having it easy with life. Most times, they’ve struggled a lot to get to that position and are probably still struggling!
Second, how you think you appear is completely different from how you actually appear!
This one cracks me up! In yoga practice, there’s a pose known as the reverse warrior pose and this is what it’s supposed to look like
I know you laughed and I forgive you. However, we must understand that our mind’s eye sees things diffently from others. Failure to understand this is what we term ‘lack of perspective ‘and is the cause of many failing friendships and relationships.
You think you’re being opinionated? He thinks you’re just downright rude!
She thinks she’s just being caring? He thinks she breathes down his neck!
Relax, the problem most times is not with our actions but with our perceptions. I don’t know the solution to this but I believe if we accept that we all perceive things differently, we would be so much happier.
2.You can’t achieve everything on your own.
3. Balance is everything
A lot of people have a wrong belief that the sole benefit of yoga is to get more flexible. It’s very disappointing to learn as a beginner, that your flexibility and strength are nothing without balance. Take for example the dancer pose aka natarajasana. It requires equal levels of flexibility and balance to achieve.
In the real life, we have different strengths and weaknesses. While it may be tempting to focus only on the good or that which we are good at, it is important to understand that balance is key in surviving life!
4. Sometimes, Do nothing!
You see not every yoga pose requires weird twists and ‘crotch-smelling positions’. My favorite pose is the corpse pose and it is so called because you literally just lie on your back, completely relaxed, like a corpse! Not every action in life requires an equal and opposite reaction. Sometimes, it’s okay to do nothing and just let things play out the way they would.
5.. Hardwork is nothing without Persistence.
So what you busted your ass doing 3 hours of yoga yesterday? If you don’t get up tomorrow and the day after and the day after to keep practicing, the essence is lost and you would find that you are still unable to carry out some basic poses.
This applies to every life situation. Don’t just work at it. Keep at it! You’ll never achieve your goals without persistence. Little drops of water make a mighty ocean!
6. Be Penny wise and Pound foolish
What this means is that if you take care of your pennies, the pounds would take care of themselves! If you want to do a back bend, start by stretching your spine. If you want to cook spaghetti, start by boiling water. Same thing!
You made it to the end! I hope you enjoyed my yoga lessons and learned from them too. To create this photos, I teamed up with Hablat pictures and it was an amazing experience; check out her instagram here.
Have you ever done yoga? What have you learned from it? Would you ever try it? Let me know in the comment box below.
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