How to Find Yourself Through Yoga

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Discovering Your True Self by Focusing on Yoga

Like most people, your life has probably involved playing a variety of different roles. After your adolescent years, you may have been a parent, romantic partner, friend, employee, supervisor, or mentor. Each of these roles required that you share a different part of yourself, which may not have felt natural at first. After years of playing these roles, it's not surprising to discover that you really don't know your true self. Practicing yoga can help you find yourself and understand what's really important to you.

Yoga Encourages Self-Acceptance

Some roles in life fit better than others. Unfortunately, discomfort with a particular role may lead to self-doubt and feelings of shame or guilt. During yoga sessions, you'll learn to love yourself just as you are and forgive yourself for any perceived shortcomings. Yoga isn't about competing with anyone else but doing the best you can do. As you learn and master poses, you'll be amazed at what your body can do. When you make yoga a regular part of your life, you'll feel more assured and in control of your life.

Meditation and Mindfulness Help You Get in Touch with Yourself

During meditation, you'll clear your mind of all thoughts. Focusing on an image or repeating a mantra will help you keep thoughts from intruding on your meditation session. If they do, you'll simply acknowledge them, then clear your mind once again. Meditation offers many benefits, ranging from reduced stress to clarity of thinking. Practicing meditation can also improve your health. According to studies reviewed by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, acupuncture may relieve pain and reduce blood pressure, stress, and anxiety.

You may find that you're more self-aware when meditation is part of your life. As part of this new awareness, you may find it easier to identify what truly matters to you in life and what inspires and encourages you. When you focus on the current moment, rather than obsessing on past mistakes or future problems, you'll find your life becomes more calm and peaceful. Mindfulness encourages reflection and self-growth without triggering feelings of blame or shame.

Practicing Yoga Helps You Realize Your Strengths

Do you often feel defeated or hopeless? Unfortunately, far too many people focus on the negatives instead of positives and aren't afraid to share their thoughts or criticisms with you. After a while, the nitpicking complaints from your supervisor or your partner's jokes about your driving may make you feel that you don't measure up.

There's no room for negativity in yoga. You'll concentrate on what you can do, not what you can't during sessions. Everyone in your yoga class is invested in your success and will offer encouragement and support. Thanks to this positive atmosphere, you'll accomplish more than you ever thought possible.

Learning to embrace your strengths extends beyond the yoga studio too. As you become more confident, you'll appreciate your unique strengths and positive qualities. Yoga can help you find your place in the world and set future goals that will increase your happiness.

Are you ready to enjoy the many benefits of yoga? Give us a call and we'll help you find the perfect yoga class for you.

Sources:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: Meditation in Depth

Australian Yoga Journal: Self Discovery: Finding and Understanding Yourself Through Yoga, 5/5/18

How Can Yoga Make Your Life Better?, 6/28/19