Do you find it hard to slow down or relax? Maybe you would describe yourself as a type ‘A’ person, an over-thinker or a Just-Get-On-With-It-NOW! personality. Slow your go-go brain and change your thoughts with yoga.
That drive and energy can be really useful for getting ‘stuff’ done. If that sounds like you, you might also find it hard to switch off. Perhaps you’ve tried meditating but feel you’re no good at it. My yoga students often tell me that their mind is constantly busy! That’s totally natural, thinking is the nature of the mind.
Alarmingly, 80% of your thoughts are negative, and they’re generally the same old thoughts day in, day out. Re-hashing arguments, worrying about the future, judging people, getting worked up about an imaginary scenario, leaving you ‘worked up’ and a victim to the tensions of your emotions.
You can change your thoughts with yoga
By starting to observe our thoughts, we can break the cycle, change the conversations we have with ourselves and take back control. A suggestion is to set a timer for once an hour and when it goes off, notice what you were thinking about.
Was is a past scenario, argument, concern about the future or a memory? Notice what you notice.
Is there any emotional connection with the thought?
Did you just get yourself worked up as a result of an argument happening inside your own head?
Are you terrorising yourself with your thoughts, making yourself angry, anxious, ready for confrontation?
Yoga isn’t all about the stretch
Yoga is not just about holding stretchy poses but holding space to observe your thoughts. Classes incorporate calming breath work and guided meditation with yoga postures. With regular practice, the physical postures in a yoga class also help us feel grounded, relaxed and resilient, giving us inner physical and mental strength.
Make a point of surrounding yourself with people that make you feel good, embracing an attitude of gratitude and getting outdoors every day – it’s been proven that time in nature has a positive effect on our mental health.
Who would you be if you felt less stressed?
Who would you be if you were more positive?Tags: meditation, mindfulness, yoga