"I need some help being yogic in confrontational situations, and being yogic in my relationship to others."

from Linda,

These things really are what yoga is all about. Who cares how far you can bend backwards if your attitude is as rigid as steel? Just recognizing that you could have handled a situation better, or that your reaction to something could have been more yogic IS a big step.  Having that awareness is not as easy to develop as it may seem.  My dear teacher, Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani often reminded me that “without swadhyaya, there is no yoga.” Swadhyaya, that process of continual self-examination, is the cornerstone of personal growth and transformation.

This struggle never ends. Yoga is a life-long process of self-examination. Real growth happens slowly and sometimes we may not feel that we are, in fact, evolving. But the fact that you are asking yourself these questions shows that you are. Don’t feel that you have to act in the perfect way everytime, because you can’t! The most important thing is that you keep on assessing and re-assessing your own attitudes and actions, and the next time, do a little better job when the same situation arises again.

Yogacharya,
Director,
International Yogalayam

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3 Comments so far

  1. Paula on August 28th, 2009

    I’m a student of Yogacharya, and he taught us to take some quiet time at the end of each day. To find a quiet place, make a nice warm cup of tea, maybe put on some nice background music and lite some incence (if you like), and just reflect on your day. Don’t judge yourself, but just revisit the situations/interactions that you had during the day, recall how you acted and reacted, and then envision some “different ways” that you could have proceeding in those same circumstances.

    I know that this sounds simple, but it has been the single most POWERFUL yoga practice I do. It is amazing how I notice myself thinking, acting and reacting differently over time, just by making this “detach and reflect period” a regular part of my day.

  2. Eric on August 31st, 2009

    If we aren’t becoming “more yogic” in our relationship to the world around us, then we have to ask our self, “am I really learning yoga?” After all, the real point of yoga is not to increase the flexibility of your body, it’s to increase the flexibility of your mind, and to expand your capacity to be a better person.

  3. Ananda Balayogi on September 11th, 2009

    yoga is life!