Finding the discipline to pause

think that is one of the things yoga has taught me, the discipline of slowing down. To dawdle and meander and enjoy each moment. To have the discipline to maintain a practice and find time to pause in every day. Discipline…the mere notion of which often has negative connections. However the avoidance of self discipline is often taking you further from freedom, not closer. It is useful to remember that habits and structure are often established for good reasons!
I was reminded why i need the discipline of a regular practice. That for me, happiness is discipline and enough pauses to remind me that the happiness and peacefulness are always there just waiting for me to quieten down, to pause and to notice 🙂

yoga helps the clouds to clear & the sun to shine through

Yoga practice allows us to see the world with clearer vision and more open hearts. Yoga allows the right frame of mind, focus and time to experience calm, joy and wonder at our world in this moment. It is this that allows the chinks of sunshine to peep through however thick the cloud cover may initially appear!
This weekend I have spent in the company of some wonderful people and this has also reminded me of how the quality of what we ingest from the world affects our moods. What we eat, who we spend our time with, the media that we come into contact with…all the things that we take in through our senses are ingested and processed and affect our moods and our potential for living in the moment. Yoga practice brings such rewards, such joy and such long term changes in how we live externally that it is more than worth learning to make time for. It also may provide more lessons for living off your mat than you ever expect!! So take a moment to look at what you are ingesting through your senses, not just in your food, but the company you keep and the activities you spend time on.