How can yoga change my outlook on life?

Yoga helped me when I needed it the most.   Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of the death of my beautiful wife; Kristy.  Kristy was my everything.  When you lose your soul mate in life, it forces you to face your own demons.   In the aftermath of my wife’s death, my thoughts were killing me.  With the help of a regular yoga practice, I came to realise that nothing else can really hurt me; no one can hurt me- that’s my job!   The cause of my suffering, therefore, was the way I was treating my thoughts.  Yoga helps you to put thoughts in perspective by teaching you to stay present and let go of unhealthy traits.  In this way, the sense of well being experienced during practice gradually transfers to your daily life.

Yoga, then, gave me a sense of inner peace in the turmoil and ended up changing my perspective on everything.   Before I knew it, I had quit my lucrative job as a high flying lawyer and started teaching yoga.

In Prana Vashya Yoga the main emphasis is your breath.  By concentrating on the breath – joining and expressing your every movement with each inhalation and exhalation – your body automatically starts to relax.  The parasympathetic nervous system is triggered so the muscles soften and the mind calms. Your thoughts become less and less and appear to slow down and you feel centered in your inner being.

So ask yourself: what are you spending your spiritual currency on in this life? Do you want to improve yourself? Do you want to be the change that you would like to see in the world? Or do you want to suffer or stay inactive – watching TV and playing violent computer games?  Personally, I think we can all better ourselves if we just take action now.

Damian is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga.  Damian will be opening a Yoga School at 250 Queens Road, Leicester, LE2 3FU in February 2017.  Spaces will be limited so please register your interest by contacting Damian:  Tel: 0777 900 1896

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