By Faye Martins
Some people think objectives and goals aren’t Yogic. To those people I say: “Wake up!” Is there anyone alive who never had goals? If you took a yoga teacher training course, you had goals! If you find this person without goals, he or she would be the human embodiment of a sloth. Who thinks laziness is Yogic? If you find that person, ask him or her to read before spreading more disinformation. We know that Patanjali had goals because he completed the Yoga Sutras. My guess is his life was filled with objectives. I’m 100% sure that purpose (dharma) is a foundational Yogic concept.
People who practice Yoga find themselves drawn to it for many different reasons. Some practice because they want to relax. Others do it because they want to increase their mental and physical flexibility. Still others practice because they want to challenge themselves. There are many reasons as to why people find themselves immersed in Yogic practices. Yet, all of that just barely scratches the surface. That’s why it is so important to set certain goals or objectives in order to elicit the most from your practice.
Think about what’s going on in your daily life. Do you have stress at work or at home? Have you been feeling unfulfilled lately? Or are you trying to build better self awareness? Think about how Yoga training can help you, not just while you are actively practicing, but also throughout the rest of the day. Yoga can be used as a tool to help create more relaxation or as a way to jumpstart energy levels. Keep in mind that you are in control and that you alone know the best way to get the most out of your practice. Also keep in mind that over time, your objectives may change.
Many people practice Yoga due to the health benefits that are associated with it. After all, it is known to lower blood pressure, increase flexibility and contribute to a healthier state of mind overall. Think about a certain issue that might be bothering you, whether it is physical, mental or emotional. Are you trying to get back into shape? Are you finding yourself overwhelmed? Practicing meditation, pranayama, and asana, can help to instill a sense of calm in today’s busy lives. It can also help you to open your mind so that answers that might not have been clear before are now able to be seen.
Whether you are a Yoga instructor, beginner to the practice of Yogic methodology or someone who has been practicing for years, the importance of objectives in Yoga training should definitely be considered. Setting goals and then accomplishing them is a way to build confidence in yourself. Your Yoga practice can help you and guide you along, both physically and emotionally, if you let it.
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