Creative Visualization For Yoga
Any yoga teacher will tell you that flexibility is more than
just the length of your connective tissues. Your state of mind has an
enormous influence on how far you can fold forward, bend back, or twist.
An ancient proverb says, “What the mind can see, the body can do.”With yoga,
I’d take it a step further and say, “ONLY what the mind can see, the body
Many of my yoga students have dreams (while sleeping) about doing prefect
headstands, dropping back into full wheel, or putting their foot behind
their head. While these dreams might seem silly, this type of creative
visualization is essential if you’re looking to radically transform your
body or any other part of your life for that matter.
VISUALIZATOINS & AFFIRMATIONS
“My hips are stiff today… fine. I’m going to come to class every day for a
month. I can see my hips relaxing open comfortably. Change is coming. I can
see it already.”
“I can’t seem to keep my breath under control... It makes me feel crazy! The
other students can do it though, so I’m sure I can learn. I can see myself
breathing deeply with my body steady and eyes focused.”
|I was born with a wide-open, stress-free body. That
is my natural state, and I can see myself returning to that comfortable
state of being.”
Biologically speaking, we ARE change. Everything in our world is in a
constant state of flux, and some of the happiest yoga students are those
that not only except this, but embrace it.
To embrace change, begin with a visual image of where you’re going and what
joys the future has in store for you.
IT’S NOT ABOUT THE POSE
Ultimately, yoga is not about the postures. Physically speaking, even the
most advanced yoga students are nothing compared with today’s average
dancers or gymnasts.
So why then do we practice so much? What’s the point?
Learning to stand on your head is important because of what it represents:
overcoming fear, focusing your mind, achieving a balance of strength and
For every inch of flexibility you gain in your hamstrings or your hips,
you’ll immediately feel that much more open and expressive in your life. As
your body becomes lean and strong, again, you’ll take that strength off the
mat into your life without any conscious effort needed.
As one of my teachers, Tony Robbins says, “How you do anything is how you do
Mastering yoga poses helps you mater your life. So get up early, roll out
your mat, and get to it!
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