As overworked and stressed-out Americans, we face many challenges. We all work tirelessly to support ourselves and succeed. Eventually, the frenetic pace of life may catch up to us and affect our health and relationships.
Life is a like a battlefield. Yoga is a means to navigate the battle skillfully.
Yoga trains us to perform at our best when the stakes are high – whether at our jobs or during a meaningful conversation. How we handle these defining moments shapes our character. With practice, yoga helps us use conflicts to our advantage so we can advance and grow. Here’s how:
1. It boosts your confidence.
2. It gives you pause.
Yoga gives you space to think and respond intelligently, rather than just react. When you’re working on proper alignment in any pose, you have to take the time to make sure you get it right. Sometimes, the pause happens naturally when you find yourself connected to your breath. Usually when you are challenged, you teach yourself to force a pause during your practice. Once you train yourself to stop your autopilot mind from just pushing through challenges, you notice the subtleties and beauty in your practice. You learn to deepen your breath and not panic. This skill is crucial when it comes to high-pressure moments. Instead of just going with your knee-jerk reaction, yoga teaches you to stop, breath and proceed more competently. The next time you are dealing with a difficult coworker or you get stuck in traffic, try taking a couple of deep breaths before you do something you might regret.
3. It requires focus.
When you practice yoga, it demands that you pay attention to every detail, from the way you align your body to the quality and subtlety of your breath. There is very little leeway for your mind to fall back into work-mode or to wander elsewhere. If you are truly listening to the instructor, it is nearly impossible to lose concentration for more than a couple moments. You are quickly drawn back in by the sheer challenge of getting the pose right. In an age where cell phones, social media and computers are readily available, it is paramount to be able to give the task at hand or the people with whom you are speaking your complete attention. Continue reading >>