We all have either heard or read about the power of our mind. But, a lot of us have not used it wisely or we are still unaware about its potential. In the recent years a lot of books have been published which tells us about the power of our thoughts and our mind. So here comes another story which will reflect the power of our mind.
We all face challenges with some asanas while practicing yoga. Sirsasana (Headstand) is the king of asanas and I was able to hold it, as long as there was a wall or support behind me. But, take off the support and I would topple. Manish (my teacher) told me, mind is an essential part of the training while learning inversions. All the instructions, you tube tutorials, help from my co trainees was motivating, but not helping. Aggression had not worked, thus, the next time I was trying, I took 11 deep breaths relaxed my mind. Then I affirmed that I could do it, along with more self-motivating-talk. And, that was my happy day. I was able to do a headstand, without any support. I was exhilarated! And I learnt that relaxing helps us in being more effective.
Handstand, the posture I believed that I could not do. Because my arms are not strong enough, my neck might snap and a lot more reasons. I tried, I failed, Period. Off sheer frustration I was taking the magical 11 breaths and I whispered to myself, “You can do anything you set your heart on.” That was the day, I was able to go up, with the wall behind. It was a surprise! And I learnt that thoughts, affirmations and our mind is more powerful, than we credit it for.
We need to believe in our potential. A lot of it is untapped. Think about your experiences, where you surprised yourself. Be aware of your thoughts and what you say to yourself, as it is shaping you. Sankalp is another example of the power of the mind. When we keep feeding it with victory/success stories and focus our energies towards it. It will be manifested.
Don’t believe me, try it for yourself! And if you are still not convinced start with a resolution and take the 11 deep breaths…..
Iti Jain 🙂
Total Yoga is a balanced style of Yoga that focuses on Fitness training and Mindfulness practice equally.