It took every ounce of energy I had to head out in the rain the other night and drag myself to the 7pm yoga class. But as is the case every time I practice, I am always grateful to have gotten there no matter how hard it was. During this particular class, I became overcome with how many little yoga lessons and mantras I’ve learned over this past decade and really use to live by. Some I learned directly from Bikram, others I learned from my fellow yoga teachers, while the rest I see play out in my students. I wanted to share these favorite yoga lessons here, and feel free to pass this along to anyone you think might benefit from reading them. As is the case with a good lesson, the below points help guide my living outside the studio and into the world as well.
- If you let something or someone steal your peace, you are the loser.
- Keep your two feet in one boat.
- An open mind leads to an open body. A closed mind will inevitably lead to a closed body.
- A headache can usually be cured by chugging a big bottle of water.
- We are born babies. We die babies.
- Pain heals the pain. Poison heals the poison. Crazy heals the crazy. (Just heard that last one recently!)
- Bikram Yoga is amazingly effective for sweating out water weight when pregnant (and at all other times).
- If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.
- Trust the yoga, it will give you what you need.
- Practice makes permanent.
- Physical stillness will help you find mental stillness.
- Deep breathing is an awesome stress reliever.
- You can’t get a spine replacement like you can a hip or a knee. You can’t lose your spine like you can a finger or a kidney. Take care of the one you’ve got.
- Cobra Pose = back pain medication.
- Yoga isn’t so much about doing a pretty posture. It’s how your attempt of the posture makes you feel.
- The worst yoga class is just the one you don’t take.
- And to quote Jimmy Dugan from A League Of Their Own: “It’s supposed to be hard… the hard is what makes it great.”