Cheating on Yoga poses….

Yoga

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It has been said that the moment you cheat on someone is not when you sleep with or kiss them, but when your mind starts to entertain the idea…

I have recently been practicing Yoga when my twins have gone to bed… Sometimes at midnight my mind is working overtime with ideas, things I want to note down, share, ask, write about etc.

When I first got to staying with my mum 3 weeks ago, in the UK, I was finding it hard to sleep.

My lifestyle in Malta involves a lot of home-duties that my mum has taken over, which I am ever so grateful for, but that combined with extra time indoors meant my body wasn’t as weary by 830pm as on weekdays in Malta.

Back to the point, or title of this post.  Cheating on, or in, a Yoga pose consists of letting the mind wander.  The mind will wander, that is the nature of the mind, but allowing it, indulging in the distraction, the memory of the past or the anticipation if the future, that is the cheating!  The intention, the allowing of not being fully present in the now, that I’m afraid is cheating on Yoga.

The presence or attention of mind, is what makes Yoga distinct from Pilates, or any of the other exercise classes.  The focus of the mind is, to me, what makes the asanas (poses) more effective.  If my mind wanders, I don’t hold a yang pose as long, or I get bored in a yin pose.  Whereas if I focus in yang (muscular) pose, I realise I can hold for many more seconds.  If I am engaged with the breath my yin holds can go on for many more minutes!

Like any other form of cheating, you are mainly cheating yourself, and only you will suffer in the very end.  So best for your own welfare not to allow it to continue :) x

Hannah-Marie

I'm a Yoga teacher and mother to now 10 year old twins, with an interest in health, wellness and movement. In addition to articles on here, my work can be found by searching on Elephant Journal for my name, which will bring up recipes and mindful living articles. Thanks for reading :-)

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