So here it is; the moment most of us have been waiting for since March. 2020 is finally in the past and we have entered 2021. The year 2020 might not have been the greatest one in history but I am sure that it has offered something very valuable for each of us. 2020 has challenged us in many unexpected ways forcing us to reevaluate our core values and way of living. Some days it felt so uncomfortable that I had rather withdraw myself from everything and crawled in my winter cave until everything was again back to normal. But what good would that have brought me? Nothing.
In life, change is the only constant. Change takes us away from our comfort zone so that we can grow and it takes us back to the comfort zone where we can enjoy the fruits of our growth.
Everything keeps changing so that something better can be born.
The core message of Yoga is: future suffering can be avoided. We are on this earth to enjoy life no matter what life itself brings us. I’m not saying we don’t have difficult moments, moments of grief and anger, but if we want to live a happy life we need to learn to see the good in every bad. All the difficulties we encounter in life are there to teach us something important and if we allow ourselves to feel all the feelings, go inside, and have faith in ourselves we can make a change towards a better future. Towards less suffering.
Let us treat the changes in our lives as opportunities to learn, grow, and become better. Whether it is small or big, easy or difficult, change is what keeps us vibrant and alive. The easiest and most familiar way for us to experience this is in our physical form. The great B.K.S Iyengar invented the concept of holding the poses (asana) for a longer period of time. Why? Because he realized that it takes us away from our comfort zone and forces us to truly feel what is happening in our body; where do we fight back and resist change and why? When we hold a pose for a longer period of time at some point it becomes uncomfortable and that’s the point where change happens if we don’t give up! Holding a pose and breathing through the uncomfortable sensations builds character!
Change forces us to improve.
Change is what takes us forward in life.
At times change can feel like a step back, but sometimes you need to take a small step back so that you can take a big leap forward. 2020 definitely felt like a huge step back but I am convinced that we as humanity will take even bigger step forward.
Change is always good because it pushes us to learn something new that is essential to our personal growth. What made you grow in 2020? What is it that you would like to take from 2020 to 2021?
Change is the law of nature. Our bodies are in constant change, the seasons change, the weather changes, our feelings keep changing, and we, the people, keep changing. Without change we could not evolve.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” -Lao Tzu
I see every new year like an unwritten chapter in the book of life. That chapter is full of empty pages with each one of them holding unlimited amount of possibilities. Anything can happen and we, each one of us, has the power to make the new year better than the last one. All it requires is a humble mind and an open heart. Let’s step into this new year with humility and power.
We will be working on this concept of change in yoga classes throughout January. Join me to experience change in your physical, mental, and spiritual self and tap into your inner power.
MON 19:00-20:15 Prenatal Yoga
MON 20:45-21:30 Yoga for a good night’s sleep
TUE 19:00-20:30 Evening Yoga
WED 09:00-10:15 Gentle Yoga
FRI 06:45-08:00 Early Bird Yoga