Keep Your Eye On The Ball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yoga has been helping me with tennis lately. I recently started playing again after 10 years being off the court, and yoga is keeping me present and grounded while in the game. As the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali say: Yogas citta vrtti nirodihah (yoga is the controlling of the fluctuations on the mind), and tennis has become a yoga practice of quieting my mind.
 
At times during the tennis game I’ll think of something I need to do later or something I want to tell my opponent and I miss the shot because I was distracted. When that happens I pause, bring my attention back and tell myself to just hit the ball. All of the excess chatter of my mind disturbs the peace of the game.
 
In a yoga posture we can use the dristhi (gaze) to focus our mind. When our eyes are focused on one point our minds narrow to ekagraha (a one pointed focus). The same can be applied to a tennis game. I find I’m loving playing the game now that I clear my head of the excess chatter and keep my focus on the present moments. In the past I would get so frustrated by a missed shot that I would throw set after set. Now I use the tennis ball as a concentration point and let it cancel out the excess thoughts. Of course I still get a little upset when I loose points, but overall I’m having fun and enjoying the game!
 
Live Light Practice:
 
Candle gazing meditation will help to hone in the skills and practice of ekagraha (one pointed focus). Tratak or candle gazing meditation brings the mind to a one pointed focus. Where the eyes go the mind follows, so as you bring your eyes to fix on one point your mind also fixes on one point. For this meditation you will need a candle, matches, and blankets. Seat yourself onto two blanks in suhkasana (easy posture) or a chair. Have the candle lit in front of you. This candle gazing meditation is inviting in ekagraha (single pointed focus). Allow your eyes to have a soft gaze on the candle flame, with your attention guided to that one point allow the breath to flow evening in and our your nose. Practice this meditation every evening for one week for 5-10 minutes.

Feb23

Insipiring Quote

It doesn’t matter who you used to be, what matters is who you‘ve become.” –Robert Tew.

Feb22

Be Your Own Valentine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance’
~ Oscar Wilde.

Happy Valentines day fellow yogis! This year I invite you to look at this holiday in a different way and give love to yourself.

Until we learn to open our hearts and love ourselves it can be difficult to give and receive love. To begin the process of understanding love, we must begin with ourselves.

Start by looking into your heart and discover what you love about yourself. If you find this challenging, take a cue from the sun. The sun nurtures all living things on earth; it radiates continuously in all directions and does not discriminate in any way. Look at your own heart as if it were the sun. Allow it to radiate continuously without discrimination.

Live Light Practice:

Shower yourself with attention and gifts! Be your own Valentine and give yourself a gift or a compliment, take your favorite yoga class or get a massage. Find any treat just for you!

PS Don’t let the love die after Valentines day. Try to show yourself love everyday!

Feb14

Rabbit Rabbit

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When studying psychology in college my professor on the first of every month would begin his lecture with ‘rabbit rabbit’. It is said that if you say ‘rabbit rabbit’ before anything else on the first of the month you will have good luck for the entire month.
Rabbit Rabbit is also a way for you to take a moment and acknowledge the start of a new month and check in with your intentions for the year. 2013 began a month ago and now is a great time to see if you are still inline with your intentions and who you want to be this year.

Live Light Practice:

If you wrote down your intention for the year take it out and sit in front of it, and if not remind yourself of what your intention was. Sit quietly for a moment and reflect on your intention.

Do you feel aligned with it? Have you been true to your intention for the past month? What can you do for yourself to allow the intention to easily be a part of your life?

What is one small thing you can do today that is inline with your intention?

Feb01