Try, Try Again

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Bakasana (Crow Pose): The most basic arm balance. Once you have mastered this pose, you can build off of it and go into deeper poses that aren’t so beginner. The photo above shows exactly how to master Bakasana.

As of yesterday, I have begun to master Bakasana! Typically, you hold this pose for about five breaths — I was able to hold it for two full breaths, which isn’t too shabby for just getting started. I’ve attempted this pose in the past, but was not able to master it. As I attempted a few times yesterday, I was able to find my balance — although I did fall on my face the first couple of tries, which is pretty common for beginning! It’s best to have a cushion or pillow in front of you to mask your fall.

Mastering a new yoga pose feels exhilarating. Your mind and body are working together to improve and test yourself every day. Your sequences are making you stronger each time you complete them. I look forward to tracking my progress as I hope you share yours.

Share your success to bring inspiration! This world needs more of it. 🙂

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What We Think, We Become

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Our mind is our most valuable tool we’ve got. Without it, we’d literally be nothing. The mind puts us together — it separates us from one another. No two minds are alike in any way. That’s what makes it so spectacular. We can then learn so much from others and expand our own mind. It’s fascinating, really. But when our ego takes over and we don’t know how to tune it out, trouble arises.

The ego is almost impossible to fully define. In basic terms, the ego is an identity of which is false. It’s any opinion we have about our self or what others have expressed about us — and it’s usually never good. The strong, unnecessary emotions we go through — the overreactions, the outbursts of anger — that’s when you know the ego has decided to show up. All of this has to do with self-image, which most likely started when you were younger. Being teased, bullied, or anything negative can lead to a bad self-image. Even when you are overly praised and there too many positive aspects, that’s when you can also develop a bad self-image. That’s called being arrogant and that’s a no-no! When you hit the real word, your life changes. How we are raised and treated when we were younger, we carry all of that as adults. As you keep aging, it becomes more difficult to distinguish between the truth and the ego.

We all have specific ideas in our heads that we think we can or cannot accomplish successfully. And when I say “we all”, I mean everybody. For example, you hear about a 5k marathon coming up in a couple months and it’s on your bucket list. But you’re overweight, not in the least bit of shape, have no motivation to prepare yourself to accomplish this run. These thoughts, if you nail them into your brain, will eventually become true. If you keep telling yourself that you won’t be ready, that you cannot run this marathon, that you’re lazy, that you don’t have the time, then that will become reality. We bog ourselves down so much — telling ourselves that we can’t do something when we haven’t even tried.

I’m tying this into meditation because so many people are skeptical about it and won’t take 10 lousy minutes out of their day to try. 10 minutes out of the 1,440 of the entire day. Of course, meditation is difficult and it takes a lot to find your inner peace. SIDE NOTE: you don’t have a successful meditation every single time, no matter how “good” you are at practicing. But if you practice every day, you will begin to see the benefits start to unravel in your life. Even if you just practice yoga, you can tie in some type of meditation practice at the end — kind of like a “cool down”. Just lay down on your mat, legs spread apart, arms a couple inches away from your sides, palms facing up to let in the positive energy and drain the negative energy, and just take deep breathes for a couple minutes. If any thoughts come to mind, let them, but also let them pass.

Moral of the story, if you think you’re going to fail at something, that’s exactly what’s going to happen. But if you stay positive and are open to anything and everything, watch how your life improves in every single way.

Namaste, friends. 🙂

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