Today we have a beautiful post written by one of our teachers, Jolene. Enjoy!
Yes, it is February but it is not to late to ever start Resolutions or Intentions. Taking Yoga can be the tool you are seeking to get your resolutions to move forward. Resolutions tend to be about what people want to give up. They want to break some sort of negative repetitious cycle. People want to change a particular way to be a better, happier, and healthier person. Who wouldn’t want that?
Repetitious patterns and addictions come in so many shapes and forms. Most of us like what is familiar and it is easy to let the brain and body hold onto these patterns. But there is an idea in yoga that just as we store stress and tension in the body, so do we store patterns of addiction, both behaviorally and
physiologically. Overtime, addictions create more stress, unhappiness, and possible health issues. There is a wide spectrum of addictions: they can show up as unhealthy eating, nail biting, smoking cigarettes, over sleeping, unhealthy relationships, or stressful career choices. Whether something is good or bad for you, everything should come in moderation.
The movements we find in yoga allow the stuck patterns and toxic build up of addictions to find circulation in the body. With a routine yoga schedule the body can stay fluid and resilient. The body can then release unwanted chemical build-up that is associated with types of addictions, repetitive behaviors, negative choices, etc. Overtime positive body chemicals (endorphins, GABA: gamma-amino butyric acid, etc.) will be stimulated and will replace trapped chemicals, reduce stress, and break addictions.
I am not an expert on addictions, but I am a yoga practitioner and teacher! I still battle repetitious cycles such as negative thinking, lack of motivation, and so on. Yoga is my tool to take time out for myself and allow the breath and my mind to sync up with my body. I listen to what the mind is telling me but then only absorb what I need in that particular moment and then let everything go. This process is one of the best defenses against the build up of addictive behaviors that I have found.
Setting intentions can be easy. Make it simple, positive, and keep the phrase in present tense. Always, feel as if your intentions have just became true.
Say your intentions with lots of gratitude, love, and patience.
See you in class! -Jolene