Balance Part 1 - Lessons from Yoga

Balance Part 1 – Lessons from Yoga

Life is a balance of holding on and letting go – Rumi

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I’ve been bringing more consistent yoga practice into my life recently. There are many benefits to yoga and with each practice I am reminded of many of those benefits. But one aspect of yoga is of particular interest to me…BALANCE. You see balance has always been a struggle of mine. Both physical balances in my body as well as balance in life have been challenging. Through my practices in physical balance in yoga I see a lot of comparisons in the lessons in living a balanced life.

  • Balance is often different as you shift from one side to the other. It’s not always the same. But small adjustments can make all the difference in the world.
  • Balance is a lesson in self forgiveness and perseverance. When you fall out of balance, allow it and then bring yourself back into the pose.
  • Balance never feels the same from one practice to the next. What is easy one day may not be the next.
  • Balance is fleeting. During some practices you feel like you can stay in the pose forever. Some practices it is only for a moment.
  • It takes a steady gaze to hold your balance.
  • Balance takes practice. The more you practice the easier it is to achieve and hold a pose.
  • Balance truly is the ying and the yang. In the moments of balance a multitude of seemingly opposing feelings can arise. Strong and confident; calm and centered; focused yet somehow free from thought.

So as you strive for balance in your own life remember these few things:

  1. Move deliberately into balance. Know what needs to be balanced and keep a steady gaze on what is important to you.
  2. Be conscious of when you are in and out of balance.
  3. When you fall out of balance (and you will) don’t be frustrated or upset. Allow yourself to “Be”. Celebrate your success and then move back into balance.
  4. Never take your moments of balance for granted. Enjoy the feelings and benefits of your balanced life.
  5. Practice, Practice, Practice.

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