Posted by: hspsblog | April 26, 2015

The Importance of Awareness


When is the last time that you took time out of your day for awareness?

I am referring to the concept of living in the moment and being aware of ourselves the world around us.

Living in the moment and enjoying the moment frees us from worrying about our past or future. It allows us to accomplish greatness, as each and every day can be looked at as a renewal of our current potential.  However, being highly sensitive creates an amplification, in my opinion, of our feelings and emotions in regards to our past and future experiences that can sometimes overwhelm us.  By focusing on the here and now we can minimize the ‘interruptions’ that can sidetrack us from our current growth and accomplishments for today.

Which brings us back to Yoga, which I have found helps me to live in the moment and has allows for more awareness and grounding in the current moment. 

Kara-Leah Grant, whose website, The Yoga Lunchbox, offers a brilliant article on the importance of Awareness in Yoga.

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Duncan Peak at compression in his forward bend. From The Yoga Lunchbox Website article.

Here are a few quotes from he recent article, “How Many Years of Yoga Practice Does it Take to Get Flexible?”

‘Yes, the range of motion in a backbend is determined by our muscles. But it’s also determined by the physical limitations of the vertebral arches, the anterior longitudinal ligament (this runs down the inside of the spine), the disks and the superior and inferior articular processes (boney protrusions of the vertebra).

As we physically progress in our yoga practice and our backbends do deepen, it is important to know that what we’re actually doing in our yoga asana practice is practicing awareness, focus, and embodiment. The depth of our asana is a mere by-product of these three intangible processes.
If we are practicing with an eye to gaining flexibility or strength without awareness, focus or embodiment we’re not actually practicing yoga and our risk of injury is likely higher.

‘And this reiterates the supreme importance of awareness in our yoga practice. Via asana and conscious breathing we are learning to make the unconscious, conscious. If we never practice with any degree of awareness, our practice won’t deepen – not on the yoga level, and sometimes not on the physical level either.’

If we are practicing with an eye to gaining flexibility or strength without awareness, focus or embodiment we’re not actually practicing yoga and our risk of injury is likely higher.’

‘It turns out that our minds, via our nervous systems, also have a strong impact on how flexible we are.’

 

Article Link

We can learn from this article that awareness really does allow us to be open to change, both physically and mentally.
Please let me know your comments!

Until next time,

Wishing you happiness and good health

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