What you do Impacts others- Don’t be the weakest link! So often it is our weak MINDS that allow us to become lazy students of life, and in our bodies.
What you do has an impact on others — whilst trying to fight off flu and balance on one leg in yoga, I found a life lesson this morning.
No matter what YOUR form of exercise is that always calls you back to come and practice it, I am sure it too, shows you a way to manoeuvre through life?
I get insights and lessons, little klaps from the universe and every now and then a deep sense of strength and peace from doing yoga regularly ….
I find that the general discipline in the classes has kind of started to wane — or maybe, quite possibly, it’s simply what I’m noting at the moment. So, is it external, or internal — am I being mindful or what’s going on around me, or “vomiting” my energy where it doesn’t need to be?
Yoga, like life, at the studio where I practice has a few “rules” or “guidelines” in place to keep the space sacred and safe for all. One of them is SILENCE in the room, another is arriving ON TIME and not letting students in late, another is that unless it is really really serious, you are asked to “attempt” to STAY IN THE ROOM – now if you have EVER done bikram yoga, sometimes that last one alone is the hardest of all. Staying in that sweaty heat can push every button I have ever thought possible.
So often it is our weak MINDS that allow us to become lazy students of life, and in our bodies. My insight this morning is what we do gives others permission. In the last few classes all of the above guidelines for discipline have been “broken”. The moment one person crosses the line, the next one does too. I notice that the moment the first student leaves the room, for whatever reason, that 9/10 another one quickly follows, and then people walk around getting tissues etc , etc. It’s like a domino effect……BAM
What if the opposite is true too – that by STAYING in the room, staying in the pose another moment, enables others to glean strength from you too. The moment you give up, it gives others permission to give up too. So what are YOU doing in life, that is negatively or positively affecting YOUR life, and thereby the others around you. Now I KNOW that in yoga we are only meant to concentrate on our own two eyes, our own experience etc, but one cannot deny the group consciousness — otherwise we’d all be practising yoga on our own at home……
Yoga is the most amazing practice when done in synergy with others-that energy can circulate the room and lift you farther and higher than you could ever go alone — be mindful when you break that energy our of sheer lack of willpower, or laziness. Be mindful of how soon you give up, as the class is only as strong as the weakest link.
Written by: Kate Emmerson