Yoga for Mental Health!
|Posted by Lisa on May 14, 2021 at 5:00 PM|
How’s it going? How is your mental state? This year I have really become aware of my tendencies when triggered. How about you?
For example, I have been noticing all of my goals and “to do” lists and how I cling to getting it all done. While we were in pandemic life, I got a lot done but it was never enough for me.
I notice this as just one of my habits. When can I enjoy the present moment, if I am always trying to get it all done and attached to the result. Gasp! This is a Yoga Sutra no, no!
Yoga Sutra 1.12: Abhyasa vairagyabhyam tan nirodhaḥ
With consistent practice while not being attached to the result of the practice, one retains a serene mind.
Hey! The Yoga Sutra is an ancient self-help book powered by the sounds of Sanskrit. More on that later.
For me to find detachment, I need to spend time in stillness looking inward as well to spend time in community. This need for community really came through for me this week when I practiced yoga to raise money for the Covid crisis in India. (It was a beautiful evening that raised over $3000!! Thank you to Ananda Hum Bliss, Rock and Ram Kirtan Band and Ruchi!)
We were one with the waves and the sand of Ideal Beach, we experienced ourselves as the vastness of the sky and we felt ourselves as part of each other. I was reminded what the word yoga means.
The word 'Yoga' is derived from the Sanskrit root 'Yuj', meaning 'to join' or 'to yoke' or 'to unite'.
“As per Yogic scriptures the practice of Yoga leads to the union of individual consciousness with that of the Universal Consciousness, indicating a perfect harmony between the mind and body, Man & Nature.” - Ministry of External Affairs, India
Too easily this feeling of yoga or yoking to each other, nature and the Divine gets clouded over by the veil of the ego.
When we get to have these moments, we are reminded of what it feels like to live fully. The task becomes how do I live fully in ALL that I do or experience. How do I live into my life?
Today in meditation, I asked myself this question. I listened to a voice from within telling me to slow down, connect to nature and speak from the deepest place I can access in each moment.
How do you support your mental health?