I recently had an experience that wanted to share here, and clarify some details about the Yoga philosophy.
One of the places I contacted to teach here in California, didn’t want to add Yoga to the program because of their Religious belief. Of course I respect that, and I AM NOT JUDGING, but as a Yoga teacher, I wanted to clarify that YOGA is not a religion.
It is a physical practice that might originate a lifestyle with physical and emotional benefits to the practitioner.
And even if you practice its moral philosophy, you can STILL have your religious beliefs, because the ethics and moral parts of Yoga refer to character and conduct, without any creed or fixed set of beliefs, nor prescribed godlike figure to be worshipped in a particular manner.
Yoga and its history, as many other physical practices, or Martial Arts, has its ancestors, considered examples of conduct that might be mentioned and honored with respect. So, if you have a specific religion, don't get confuse when seeing images or pictures in Yoga studios. This doesn’t always mean that the teacher is worshiping an image or picture.
In my case, it means I respect the teachings of a specific master, and will use it as an example of conduct to inspire my students (and myself, of course) on how to become better individuals.
I always mention during classes or guided meditations I teach, that our life would be much easier and we would be much happier if we think twice before saying (that’s why we have 2 ears and 1 mouth) or acting; if we stop judging or expecting; if we give up on our fears; and specially, if we learn how to let go and forgive others.
It’s hard, and I always catch myself committing such “sins”…, but we are here to learn and improve, right?
So, let's keep learning, let’s FOCUS on IMPROVE day by day by following good examples without criticism or resistance to change ;)
"Fear less, hope more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Hate less, love more; And all good things are yours."
How do you deal with your fears? Are you willing to face them and learn how to live fearlessly?
According to a research from Business Enterprises (a group of coaches that help people thrive in their vocational pursuits), the four FEARS that hold us back, avoiding us to succeed, are: - the fear of failure, the fear of blame, the fear of harm, and the fear of not being liked.
When we accept that protecting ourselves from harm will also protect us from opportunities, we stop declining opportunities that we are perfectly ready to take on!
Carl Jung said: “Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children then the unlived life of the parent.”
Yes, we were raised by parents that might expect us to be what THEY want, and we respect them because they are our base, our family, our strength. But are we in our own path, doing what our hearts feel passionate about, or we are just following what our parents and the society imposed to us?
According to Dr. Ivan Kos (Head of Radiological Laboratory at Institute of Hygiene and Medical Ecology, Academy of Medical Science of Ukraine, Ukraine), "Newborn babies have only two fears: of loud noises and falling. These are normal, and considered alarm system given by nature as a means of self-preservation. All other fears are abnormal, caused by particular experiences, or passed on by parents, and others who influence us as we grow up."
Traumatic incidents in life are the top responsible for fear, but many "victim" words that should be avoided in our thoughts, are usually and unconsciously holding us back, as "what if", or the expression "woulda coulda shoulda".
How to overcome your fears?
First, be aware that NOW is all you have, and even though decisions in the present affect your future, you never really have to say "forever" about anything, because you don't actually know what will happen in the future.
Take AWAY the pressure that freaks you out, and ENJOY your present!!!
And, remember:“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone…”
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