5 Mindful Lessons I Learned On My Yoga Mat

5 Mindful Lessons I Learned On My Yoga Mat

The first time I went to a yoga class was about 7 years ago. I went to a Bikram yoga class and for the next 90 minutes, I endured the dizziness of the intense heat and I struggled with every single pose.

However, nowadays, I am thankful that my first yoga class was just the beginning of many other challenging practices.

I am thankful that I am just beginning to understand how yoga has affected me emotionally, spiritually and mentally. And I am thankful that yoga has gradually taught me so many lessons in mindfulness - even if I was not aware of them at the time.

So today, I will be sharing with you some of the mindful lessons that I have learnt from my yoga practice that has helped me both on my mat and in my life. 

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Energy Flow For A Positive Mindset

Energy Flow For A Positive Mindset

Energy. It is such a powerful concept. From what I learnt in my chemistry class many years ago, I was told that Energy is Finite - energy cannot be created, it is just transferred or transformed from one thing to another.

Each morning, when we wake up, we have a certain amount of energy within us already that we can spend on whatever we set our intentions on throughout the day. 

We can restore some of this energy by eating nourishing foods, yoga, meditating or doing things that sets our souls on fire. And, we can also deplete the energy within us, by letting it flow out of us and into things that don't serve us in the longer term. 

Ultimately, in every moment, we will be making a decision on how we will be using this energy -  in what we create, manifest and bring into existence.
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Redefining What Perfect Means For You

Redefining What Perfect Means For You

Ever since I was young, I lived out my days with a slightly compulsive obsessive, perfectionistic view on how things should be. And, at the time, I excelled in living like this. 

These days, I try not to be perfect. I try not control a situation. I try not to be compulsive obsessive.

It started when I discovered my love for drawing. I would spend hours at a time illustrating, focusing on capturing the finest details and colouring in between the lines. I was praised by my teachers and my parents for these paintings. Initially, as a child, this made me proud but as I got older, pleasing others in order to make myself feel validated gradually became second nature. 

I learnt to apply this perfectionistic expectation of myself to all areas of my life from my study to work to my personal life. I wanted to be the best at everything I did.

 

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3 Steps To End Negative Self Talk

3 Steps To End Negative Self Talk

In my mid 20s, I spent a lot of my time inside my head, with my thoughts. And at the worst of times, I had a consistent case of negative self talk. 

As a result, I was easily stressed from the expectations that I had put upon myself in regards to study, career and meeting society's definition of success. I was emotionally reactive, especially when it came to relationships, repeating familiar patterns. At that time, I guess I didn't really know who I was. I wished that I could somehow put a stop to this negative self talk that had wedged its way into my head and taken over my self esteem. 

However, I knew how I wanted to feel. I wanted to experience and appreciate life fully, seeing things in technicolor rather than through a greyscale lens. I wanted clarity around my identity so that I could live my life authentically. I wanted to live in flow rather than feeling the need to control a situation or hold onto expectations. And, I wanted to feel peace so that I could go about my day without stress or fear.

For the last 2 years, I have been working towards this. For me, the journey started with developing a greater sense of awareness and acceptance. 

It can be so easy for us to live life in autopilot, with a blurred vision of each moment and future projecting to the next thing. By simply bringing awareness to the flow of our thoughts, emotions and reactions, it can help us gain a deeper understanding around who we are, reduce the tendency for us to propagate negative self talk, and offer lightness and clarity.

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