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Life lessons learned from the physical practice

Although, when I started practising regularly it was mainly for physical reasons, and to be fit, I soon realised that the benefits go well beyond the physical world! Naively, I had no idea I was embarking on a life-changing journey! The kind of journey, that once you start there is no turning back!

At a much deeper level than physical benefits, these are a few of the lessons I have learned from the physical practice:

  • Trust yourself – each accomplishment has given me the confidence that everything is possible, provided that we put the right amount of effort on it.
  • Patience – not everything is as easy as it looks and not always goes well. Just like everything else in life, these easy flows are the result of much practice and much failure! Failure is the stepping stone to success. Be patient, don’t be afraid to fail and learn from it. “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.” Stephen McCranie
  • Awakening – being “busy” has become a cult in this society of consumers. To “be awaken” in this world means to look at life with a fresh look, instead of getting caught up in the society rules of what we should or should not do, and belong or not belong. And it means to connect with your higher-Self and to experience a truly and authentic life.
  • Be Yourself – the courage and determination to be yourself and to stand for yourself, without the fear of being criticised. Isn’t that amazing? Would it not be boring if we were all the same? So be proud of your identity!

Therefore, use the physical practice to explore who you are, what do you want in life and what is important for you. And by physical practice I mean Yoga, Handstands, Acro, Martial Arts, Tai Chi.. anything that you like and that will help you to connect with your inner Self.

I cannot guarantee you that this journey will be easy, but I can re-assure you that you will love it! Follow your heart and your dreams, and you will be amazed where that will take you!

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Fall in love with Yourself

When we love ourselves, we will be kind to others and we will be open to love others. Kindness starts within us.

Is loving ourselves a selfish act? Not at all, it is quite the opposite. Selfishness comes from the ego, and the need to defend ourselves. It comes from the fear of showing our weakest side, or the parts that we don’t like about us. On the other hand, when we are at peace with that, and we accept it, and we learn to love ourselves, including the darkest parts, we no longer feel the need to defend ourselves.

And how do we do that, you may be wondering? It all begins with the inner dialogue, the way we speak with ourselves; swapping negative sentences by positive and empowering ones. No “poor me” or powerlessness thoughts. That will only drag you down and attract more negative things into your life.

When we go through a suffering period in life it is easy to dive into negativity and drag all those around you into that darkness and focus on how everything is bad. However, when we look deeper there is always so many things to be grateful for. So, start your day by focusing on what you are grateful for, and it might be very simple things. The most joyful experiences are usually in the simple things!

And then each day find some time for yourself and to do something you love. Follow your heart and your dreams! Fall in love with taking care of yourself and you will see that it will only bring feelings of happiness to you and to those around you!

Each day do something you Love!


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The War Within

One of my favourites Yoga books is the Bhagavad Gita, which is an ancient, sacred, Indian text written between the 5th and 3rd century B.C.  Bhagavad Gita means  the  “Song of the Lord  and it is basically a dialogue or a “conversation” between the Prince Arjuna and his spiritual guide Krishna. The Prince Arjuna is looking for answers to fundamental questions of life.

This is the story of Prince Arjuna which is faced with a battle that he does not want to fight and asks Krishna for help. Prince Arjuna must avenge Dhritarashtra’s passing of the kingdom to his own son, rather than to Arjuna’s brother Yudhishthira, the rightful king.

Krishna does not accept to fight his battle but accepts to guide him.  And although Krishna does not want to fight Arjuna’s battle, he offers to be his charioteer and his adviser. And the Bhgavad Gita is his answers to Prince Arjuna on the fundamental questions of life and on his confusion about how can he kill others out of greed for gaining a kingdom.

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Krishna tells Arjuna, that as a warrior and a prince, he must follow his dharma, or duty, where nothing is higher than the war against evil. Avoiding this battle, will, however incur sin,  and violate his dharma (purpose, duty) and his honour. But in essence, this battle is a metaphor or allegory: the battle of good and bad that we all deal in our daily lives: the war within.

As Prince Arjuna starts asking deeper questions about life and death, Lord Krishna helps Arjuna understand who he thinks he is and what his true form is. In the allegorical sense, Krishna is a symbol of the atman , Arjuna’s deepest Self.  Once Arjuna comprehends this, Lord Krishna bestows him with the gift of Self-Realisation.

The Gita also introduces the idea of rebirth or samsara. The Self wears the body as an item of clothing; when the clothes are old, they are cast aside and a new one is put on. It is the soul (or jiva) that travels from life to life, and therefore as “death is certain for the living, rebirth is certain for the dead”.

Krishna also defines yoga not as physical postures and exercises (hatha yoga) but as the path to Self-Realisation: “Yoga is evenness of mind”, it is the union of the individual consciousness with the Ultimate Consciousness – the Self (atman).

In this journey to Self-Realisation,  Krishna describes different Paths of Yoga that a person can take to find the purpose and meaning in this world:

  1. Karma Yoga: the path of Selfless Action
  2.  Bhakti Yoga: the path of Devotion
  3.  Jnana Yoga: the path of Knowledge and Intellect

These are all paths to bridge our inner world with our outer world and to find that linkage point where we can realise the meaning and purpose of our life.