I often hear people say don’t practice yoga because you can easily get hurt or can’t do yoga because I am not flexible.
If we already had a negative bias towards something before we got started, it will often attract that actual negative result.
There is a saying from the Buddhist text- “Dharma arises from the thought of the mind”.
Whatever it is that we think is what is going to happen. If we practice already with the thought of I can’t do that pose or I will get hurt, how can we focus on the good of the practice? If we always fill our hearts with worries and negative thoughts, how can we live life openly and happily?
Speaking of “thoughts”, when I first came to My Soul Space to try out a class, I really liked the environment here and secretly wished that I could join the teaching staff one day.
This thought planted a seed in my practice. Two years passed, I almost forgot that wish, and unexpectedly it came true this February.
Every time we step onto the mat, follow the flow of the breath to practice, not being afraid of any poses but rather learn to respect ourselves through Asana. Then what we practice is not just the movement of the body, but it is the experiential realisation of how to face life.
When we open our eyes each morning, faced with a new day, we can happily live through a day or sadly live through a day.
A day passes whether you have positive or negative thoughts.
The choice is in your heart.
Written by Amber Huang, yoga instructor