There are four distinctive and equally important areas of your life that have great impact on how you feel: health, work, relationships, and play. If you want your life to be happy and fulfilled, you need to make sure you don’t neglect any of these areas. Take a moment to evaluate how your life is going right now in each of these areas.
Are you feeling strong, vital, and pain-free on a daily basis? Do you have energy for everything you want to do?
Do you find your work fulfilling? Do you feel like you are having a positive impact on the world or someone’s life?
Do you have strong, meaningful relationships in your life that nourish you and provide support when you need it?
And how about fun? Are you able to do stuff just for fun and find joy in small things every day? Are you enjoying your life?
Are you satisfied with where things stand in each of these zones and with the overall picture? Are there one or more areas you need to tweak?
The cool thing about yoga is that it can have a big impact on all of these areas. Contrary to popular belief, yoga is not just about stretching or strengthening your body; it is actually about directing your energy and clarifying your mind. It also works really well for breaking the inertia of the daily grind and helping you reassess who you are, where you are in life, and where you want to be.
Another fundamental idea in yoga is that Joy is the essence of who we are, but our unruly thoughts, emotions, perceptions, and reactions often obscure this joy. And it is up to us to decide on the main emotion we want to live our lives in. Do we want fear to rule our lives? Or anger? Or judgment? Or will it be joy? And once we make this decision, we can use our yoga practice to sort through the clutter and unearth our inner joy.
By themselves, yoga practices don’t mean anything; they only become meaningful when you use them as tools to achieve whatever you want to achieve. One of my students once said to me, “I just want to be healthy and happy.” Isn’t this what we all want? So let’s try to figure out how we can use yoga to make ourselves healthier and happier on a daily basis. We will do this by figuring out what it means to you to be happy, and we will take small, specific steps to enhance your life and brighten your outlook. We will read cool books about the inner workings of the mind, have interesting discussions about your experiences, engage in simple weekly challenges to reframe your thinking, and, of course, practice yoga. If you want to join me on this adventure, please sign up for the weekly newsletter below, and let’s steer ourselves toward a brighter tomorrow. Are you in?