No More Excuses: Part 1 of 3

(Bite-Sized Yoga for Daily Inspiration page 98)

If you have set a positive intention to manage your stress, improve your health, or develop a yoga practice, if you have committed to creating meaningful work and relationships only to find yourself sulking in more guilt and stress, then stop! Stop and take a deep breath. There is a solution as to why you keep missing your mark and it isn’t  a “one size that fits all”. This solution is unique to you.

The three approaches, though ancient, are as relevant today as they were then. This three-pronged approach, when explored with curiosity and applied with commitment and consistency, is your formula for success in any endeavour. The first prong is:

#1 Self-awareness

From a young age, we’re given a name and taught a variety of things about ourselves and the world we live in. Based on this information, we identify with a particular path. The problem is that most of us don’t know who we are, independent of the titles and traits or characteristics we’ve been given, which may mean that the choices we’ve been making have supported some other person’s concept of reality and their deeply ingrained fears or desires and not our own. What if the messages you’ve received or things you’ve been told weren’t your truth, or maybe you simply outgrew them?

Perhaps the things you were taught never did sit well and you’re starting to challenge those long-held beliefs. For example, you’re a pretty disciplined person, but can’t seem to stick to a nutritional plan. Have you ever considered that might be because it’s not the best plan for you? Have you considered that maybe your struggle with meditation is not that you’re “too scattered” or that “you can’t focus”, but that you haven’t found the right method for you?

When things are good

Or maybe you “have it all” — you are healthy, have enough food in the fridge and money in the bank, you’re surrounded by friends and family who support you and yet you still feel stressed, or that something is missing. Intellectually you know you have everything a person could want—and more—but spiritually, or deep within . . . it’s still not enough. Have you considered that the problem is not a lack of gratitude or humility, but instead a missing link, a disconnect, on your chosen path?

When times are tough

Or maybe life just feels hard because you’re facing a big challenge like illness or divorce or you’re going through something like grief or unsatisfying employment. You’re a good person and you’ve done everything “right”—so why can’t you stay afloat? Why are you always burning out or struggling to develop a meaningful vision?

Getting to know who you are at your core is the foundation for clarity, therefore, direction. The science, art and wisdom of yoga provide the tools to unveil your unique strengths and vision. Practices such as yoga asanas, meditation, journaling, breathing techniques, nutritional choices, aromatherapy, etc become even more powerful when individually adapted. The satisfaction of finding your path, your truth, your centre is unparalleled.

Posted by: Sylvie Gouin

As an integral aspect of my life, yoga has been a pillar for over 20 years and my passion to share its many gifts only keeps growing. I am very happy to be directing and leading yoga teacher training certification programs for the Beyond School of Yoga. I have so much to share and I now have a great team to support and elevate the facilitation of these life-enhancing programs. If you are curious and want to know if our programs ... read bio