I’m looking for people to share experiences and challenges with regarding yoga practice/philosophy and other ways of finding balance, peace and strengthening mental capabilities. I find yoga an excellent way for self-study and finding balance. I would like to share and hear experience from other people to find depth in yoga and meditation.
I’m just practicing yoga for a few years now. I started with yoga to help me control my emotions and finding peace through difficult times. I’m used to pushing and forcing myself in situations to get to an established goal. Although this pushing and forcing myself was helping me at the time, I forgot to listen to my body (and myself). The psychical problems I experienced caused me take another look at myself, trying to see what I was doing wrong. In an old bookcase I found a book about Aung San Suu Kyi and some of her colleagues. They spoke about ‘Freedom from fear’, I started playing with this concept. Before, fear was a big motivator, fear of not being able to protect the ones I loved, fear of not getting to a certain point in life. It took me a few years of playing with this concept before embracing it. For me, this meant doing the same things, wanting the same things in life as before but approaching this from a totally different prospective. I found this really challenging. In particular because this meant listing to myself, feeling mental pain (instead of ignoring it, and pushing this away). It has been a few year and I would like to further explore the concept of ‘ freedom from fear’ and yoga philosophy to strengthen myself and finding peace and balance.
Last year someone gave me a book about Yamas and Niyamas. Every month I try to pay more attention to one of the Yamas and Niyamas (Nonviolence, Truthfulness, Nonstealing, Nonexcess, Non possessiveness, Purity, Contentment, Self-Discipline, Self-Study & Surrender) as a way of exploring Yoga’s ethical practice.
I would like to get in touch with other people who are trying to find their way I Yoga Philosophy or other kinds of ways to find balance, peace and strengthening mental capabilities.