Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not the kind of person who takes a passive approach to life. I’m someone who creates a vision, sets goals, and focuses on pressing toward them. I believe in sitting in the driver’s seat of life. I believe in never taking “no” from someone who doesn’t have the power to tell you “yes”. I am one of those people who will keep pressing on and on and, oftentimes, continue holding on during times I know I just need to quit. I don’t mean quitting on my goals, but knowing when a situation has changed enough and perhaps leading me toward another path.
Letting go, is one of the kriyas that I have long struggled with. I’m sure there are many of you, like me, who feel the need to control everything in your life. In fact, many of us try to manage the outcomes of our lives so much that we actually get in the way and sabotage the good that is flowing toward us. Sometimes, our peripheral vision has more to show us if we just take our blinders off. It opens us up to a bigger picture and opportunities that lie in the background.
So, yes we need to continue to set goals or resolutions in the new year, but remember we always have the choice to re-evaluate and determine what is working for us. When we know we’ve reached a dead-end, it’s best to back up and take a U-turn. And an even better strategy other times? Let go, take the passenger seat, and allow a greater force to guide us toward another destination. I continue to learn this.
This evening, I ventured out to try a new yoga studio. I have been in search of a vinyasa practice that would be a good fit for me. The minute I walked into the studio, I immediately felt a certain energy in the room. The class had not yet begun, but I just knew that this was going to be the place for me. I certainly used my intuitive sixth sense on this, and I was correct.
Yoga has been a part of my life, exercising the mind and body, for some time now. As we discuss the topic of SPIRIT this week, I thought about the strong link between spiritual connection, or enlightenment, and yoga. Through yoga practice, we strengthen our spirit by bringing our energy inward, starting with an awareness to our breath. It is the first kriya, or action of our soul. By turning inward, we can access that part of us that connects to something greater – that intuitive energy we discussed, the divine power that resides within us, and our authentic selves.
The path to spiritual wellness can take any form. It can involve prayer, meditation, affirmations, and/or any specific belief system you espouse. The important piece is that you find purpose and meaning to the flow of your life. Although yoga is my conduit for this flow, being mindful does not have to come only through yoga. You can easily start your day with an intention, just as we do at the beginning of yoga class.
What do you hope to give of yourself today? What answers are you seeking today? Where can you find peace today? When we intend something, we are connecting to that higher power and we are believing in it. We are believing and having unwavering faith that something larger exists within us and for us.
Welcome to my blog! I’m very excited to begin. When I thought about the title I would use, I thought about what the word “wellness” meant to me. It’s certainly the buzzword all over town these days. Being of East Indian descent, I wanted to use a word from the ancient language of Sanskrit to describe how wellness pertains to all of us. The word “kriya” fit. Kriya literally means ‘the action of the soul’. We are all on this journey to live our fullest potential – from the aspects of mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. The soul is always evolving……it is, therefore, always in motion. In yogic terms, this starts with our breath. The wellness kriya, to me, is the process by which we all strive to become more of who we truly are…….that perfect, authentic self that lies deep within us. We accomplish this by engaging and incorporating 7 actions – the ingredients that I feel make up, what I call, our wellness quotient. Those seven kriyas are: Exercise the Mind & Body, Take a Risk, Feel Gratitude, Be Present, Believe in Spirit, Embrace Change, and Let Go. Living our lives with these actions in mind will increase our wellness quotient and allow us to follow our truth. Each week we will look closely at one of these categories. My purpose is to empower others to believe in themselves and to provide teaching tools for unleashing their true potentials. Let’s start peeling down the layers and get to the core!