5 ways to Resilience ॐ


resilience rɪˈzɪlɪəns/

noun

1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

During one of the last retreats a student asked me: "what is this all about?" Unbeknown to her this was one of the most profound questions a student had ever asked me. One of those ones that make you think: why am I doing this & what am I trying to transmit. It led me to the question what do I want most in life. To which my answer was & is to be able to have a clean & clear mind no matter what the situation, to be resilient to whatever life brings you. Here are 5 practices which I use to "try" and achieve this state.

(Try between apostrophe as in many situations I am clearly not there yet ;-) )


5 ways to Resilience

ASANA PRACTICE

“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” B.K.S. Iyengar

Each of us might have a different reason why we want to start practicing Yoga / Asana: a healhty body; relaxed mind; fitness; spirituality. Whatever it is it's all valid. When I started practicing Yoga for me the main attraction was combining the physical aspect with the philosphical one and also I really wanted to do all does amazingly difficult poses that mesmerized me :-)

I have now come to realise that practicing Asana brings so much more than all the above. It literally brings resilience. How? In my experience when I started with practicing asana, certain ones that seemed very difficult at the time brought me tunnel vision, even a bit of anxiety and a state of "I want to get out of here". Now does same poses bring me ease & lightness. There are of course now new poses to contend with, which give different sensations of constriction in mind & body. But what this has brought me so far is space, space to realise that in tough situations I am ok, I just need to breathe, relax and trust without any expectations.