Trim, slim body – this is not anything that can give you yoga. Much more significant will change in relation to themselves and the world around them.

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I’m a convert. Doing hatha yoga beginning of a year ago. This decision was not meaningful, rather forced. One month before the start of classes, I suffered a minor operation, after which the doctor for six months has limited me to exercise. Letting go to rehab, he forbade me everything I loved: aerobics, step, tai-bo, running and other active areas of fitness. I could not understand, how can I live without the usual activities. The doctor suggested that my case does not inflict much harm yoga. Here and decided my fate.

In the first class I came in very skeptical. And I came out of the hall by another person, and this is no exaggeration. A month after the start I realized that waiting for the next practice with almost eagerly than doshkolyata waiting for Santa Claus.

But I never considered yoga as a serious alternative to fiznagruzki. Who knew that the physical component of yoga will make less impression on me than the spiritual component. Yes, I became like my podtyanuvshayasya noticeable figure. However, deeply immersed in the class, I began to consider the physical improvement only as a nice bonus to occur to me the inner transformation. A year of practice led me to a new level of spiritual development.

That’s what I learned.

1. breathe

Perhaps the first thing I heard from the instructor: yoga without proper breathing – it is just gymnastics. At first I did not quite understand this statement. Well, suppose I breathe, what difference does it make? Understanding that the breath – is the main tool of practice, it gradually. You will not breathe properly – no will manage to correctly build an asana. With bated breath, and this zazhmёshsya prinesёsh yourself more harm than good.

Deep breathing relaxes and soothes, fast – activates. Yoga has taught me to breathe consciously. When I breathe, you feel like inside me moving the flow of energy, which I can send myself back on track. Tell me who like this before, I would only shook his finger to his temple.

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In which situations can be useful conscious breathing? Yes, in every obscure and stressful. When it is impossible to follow the famous advice: in any strange situation, go to bed and drink tea. But when you can “sleep” with a problem or drink her tea, it is useful to its pre-exist a.

My choleric temperament, for example, sometimes brings bursts of righteous anger. Now, feeling a surge of irritation, I prefer just a few minutes to breathe. You can deep – four respiratory cycles per minute, you can not very deep, counting from 20 to 0. This is an incredibly efficient technique that can bring thoughts in order and to look at the situation from a different angle. Yes, I do not always get to remember the magic power of breathing. But disruption is becoming less.

2. Letting Go

He was funny and instructive case in class. When the inverted triangle pose some of us used wooden bricks. When the asana on one side has been completed, it was necessary to take the starting position and then put a brick on the left. And I, always and everywhere a hurry, grabbed a brick, when rising from the slope. The instructor, of course, noticed my movement, “Where are you in such a hurry,” “optimizes” – I joked. And I heard in response: “optimize or do not know how to let go?”

It became clear that we are talking about something much more important than the movement of the wooden brick in space. Too many people just live their past . Clinging to a long time passed the situation, they are not able to see the present and are not ready to plan for the future.

How being able to let go, I use in everyday life? I, like any normal person, there is the mood, when the memory of the past emerge unpleasant circumstances. It would seem that a hundred years have passed since I was unjustly offended someone or spur of the moment, for example, deceived. Offended me people have long left the horizon of my life. If I can not change the consequences of this situation, what is the point to experience it again and again? I can just take a lesson, to forgive yourself and walk on. Otherwise, stuck in the past, like a mouse in a trap. The fact lose strength, to escape, rather than to move in its path.

3. Monitor the ego

At the beginning of yoga, I could not help but compare yourself to other participants in the process. Standing upside down, secretly watching others and noted that they do, and that – no. When I tired to spy on others, I began to pay more attention to themselves. That would be the right thing, I do not correspond with their skills with a group of colleagues on skills. I compare and upset when she saw their backlog. I rejoice when you realize that doing exercise is not worse than others or better than some.

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Only with time I realized that I was not doing yoga and kormёzhkoy his vanity.Realizing that nothing in this manner in yoga not achieve, we had to flush out the ego feigned indifference to those around me colleagues rugs. Then this indifference became a habit.

Experiments with the ego to have a real life most relevant. We are all different – bodies, souls, goals and desires. But somehow we adore compare yourself with others. Sometimes the comparison is not in our favor. In this case, we refuse to acknowledge its merits. Sometimes we see that is clearly superior to the others. It robs us of the superiority of the mind.

When I explore the yogis of my group, I realized that for a long time engaged in nonsense. We all turned out to be a different level of fitness. Former athletes alternated pensioner, who for the first time engaged in fitness. Someone recovering from illness or childbirth.

4. Be in the moment

To be here and now. It is difficult and sometimes impossible. I suspect that it will always be for me the complexity.

Despite the effort to breathe consciously and concentrate on his current goal – to correctly perform asana – I still like a year ago, I can catch yourself wandering somewhere outside the room. So suddenly remembered that my daughter needed help with crafts contest, then frantically invent than to feed a family for dinner. At this time, my asana swimming as my thoughts are floating. But one has only to concentrate on the present moment , as the body builds itself in the relevant vectors and organically located in the space, and breathing becomes constricting.

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How and why to use the skill in real life? We noticed that many of the significant moments of our lives as if erased from memory? Because that, when they occur, we are mentally elsewhere. With me it happens, for example, when I work on the next captured text. I can ask again for half an hour three times for her daughter, how are you doing in school. Or put in the cart at the supermarket three packages of milk, although it did not plan to buy.

Customize yourself at the moment is actually not so difficult. It is enough to remember that this moment will never happen again.

5. Thanks

At the end of each session there comes my favorite moment. After a relaxing shavasana instructor invites us to sit down and take any comfortable position.

I sit cross-legged, folding his hands in namaste and slightly tilt my head. Mentally, we are beginning to give thanks this day, the universe itself and all those who are now side by side, for inner harmony and energy that filled us to the next practice. From instructor mouth flows the love and gratitude to us and the world around them. This love can be felt physically.

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Thanks – this is one of the best skills that we can move from yoga in real life. About the power of gratitude I heard just lazy. After about six months of yoga, I felt a strong inner need to keep a personal journal of thanks. Every night before going to bed make a note in your phone. In it, I thank all those who “made” my day.

And somehow easier and better for me to live after these records. I then re-read them and understand what is surrounded by wonderful people. And my life is delightful. And if I’m at it sometimes and complain, it means that I forgot to universal yoga lessons.

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