Yoga Benefits: A Positive Outlook

When it comes to finding or relying on hope, yoga is the place to be! I feel that this is such a great time to be writing about this as we have been working with our Registered Yoga Teacher Trainees on understanding the foundational elements of yoga, many of which come back to a message of peace and connection with the true self. So I thought we would use out blog space this week to highlight two of our foundational works that remind us of the power of moving ourselves towards the positive, and towards a hopeful space.

Yoga Sutra 2.33: Vitarka badhane pratipaksa bhanavam: When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite [positive] ones should be thought of. This is pratipaksha bhavana.

This sutra is often referred to as the turning of the mind, this idea that if we can identify our negative thoughts and think, or hold, the opposite in our minds, the negative will disappear. Our brains are very open to training, and the more we can allow ourselves the turning of the mind, the more likely we are to have positive thoughts be the first to rise up.

Bhagavad Gita 6:5: Let a man lift himself by his own Self alone; let him not lower himself, for this self alone is the friend of oneself and this self alone is the enemy of oneself.

In Gita here it is discussed that through knowledge of our true selves we have the power to change and to lift ourselves. In reading all of Gita we see the struggles of moving through ignorance, and how all the answers that we need reside within.

As we are spending our month looking for spaces of hope, perhaps you will find yourself to an old favorite, or a new reading that you find inspiring. I know, for me, these connections line right up with my intention for the year, and will help me keep that connection as well.

Let’s spend this next week looking for small ways that we can change our own outlook by tapping into our inner strength. 🙂