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A yogic view of life is a lot more
than postures on a yoga mat, says
Chandrika Gibson. We can even think
of it as preventive medicine allowing us
to live in flow and peace.
imes of great difficulty are
often reflected on as amazing
opportunities. The toughest phases
of our lives may grant us insight
into our highest attributes. It helps to
have some preparation, some tools in our
internal kit to work with in the event of a
crisis. Yoga is a system that is known to forge
our strengths and fortify our weaknesses. It
can be applied to a purely physical practice,
a purely mental practice, a devotional practice
of bhakti yoga, an intellectual pursuit of
jnana yoga, a life of service or karma yoga.
No matter which path of yoga you follow,
it seems to embrace all the aspects of
your being. Yoga can give you the kind of
strength and flexibility you didn’t know you
had until you are faced with a challenge and
find you are more than equipped to handle
it. Yoga can stimulate renewed hope in the
face of crisis.
Each day is an opportunity to renew our
commitment to practise yoga. Sometimes
that takes the form of rolling out a sticky
mat and moving through a sequence of
postures. Other days, it is simply not possible
or appropriate to do a structured practice.
When parenting, illness or the pressures
of modern life squeeze our energy and
resources too much, we have to rely on the
inner resources and skills we have practised
in order to maintain our sacred space within.
If the outer environment is not con-
ducive to yoga, do we get annoyed and
frustrated? Maybe, but the skills we have
practised when we could will stand us in
good stead when times are tough. Rather
than focusing on the act of sitting down to
meditate or moving through an asana
practice, it can be helpful to see all aspects
of life as part of our personal practice. If we
have really absorbed the benefits of yoga,
it must become our internal compass. The
regular practices when they happen create
positive habits for mind and body that can
flow over into areas of life not so obviously
yogic. The most mundane activities can be
approached with equanimity. Difficulties
such as interpersonal conflicts can become
warrior poses in action, offering us
opportunities to balance strength with
softness. In chaos, we can recall the feelings
of flow that yoga creates and use it to keep
us present with the necessary tasks at hand.
Rest and relaxation, so necessary for mental
and physical rejuvenation, can be approach-
ed meditatively, even without utilising any
All aspects of life including relationships
can become sadhana or spiritual practice;
an opportunity to put theory into practice.
This includes the relationships with our
own narratives, the stories we tell ourselves.
Practising the yoga of our own inner space
helps us to shape our own stories from
within. After all, our lives are not really built
or destroyed by what happens to us but rather
what we tell ourselves about what happens.
Any of the techniques of yoga can help us
to apply an attitude of appreciative inquiry to
our own experiences. The poetry of a yogic
perspective flows from the space of slightly
detached observation of our processes. The
ever changing flux and flow of our minds
and bodies, the many transitions of a life
lived fully, become a mystical dance of joy.
How can we face the ups and downs in a
way that creates and enhances our bliss?
The movement of physical yoga is one tool
to shift from any potential downward spiral
into the building momentum of an upward
spiralling journey. By applying mindfulness
to the movements, whether they are familiar
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