Denise Pala E-RYT
Senior yoga teacher
Director of Teacher Training
The Clarity Centre
Our lives and time are moving at an increasingly fast pace. We have more stimuli around us than ever before. Access to cell phones, TV, mobile devices, instant messaging, social media, work, home, family and friends is always present. We begin to notice that our time that is so valuable to us is “ used up” to “keep up”. This fast pace of life, without you even noticing develops type A personalities.
We lose sight of how to be and stay focused on the task or experience on hand. How do we gain control of our lives and busy schedules? How can we become “clear” and focused to be fully present and enjoy life’s experiences to its fullest. Not just socially, but also at work?
The simple answer is incorporating the lessons that yoga teaches into our lives. Something as simple as learning how to close your eyes, breathe generously and focus only on the sound of your breath is the doorway to being present.
Whether it’s a physical practice of moving the through challenging poses, or sitting in stillness and observing the natural sensations of what is around us and what is within us, your yoga practice is exactly that. It is a place to “practice” and work towards catching yourself when you become distracted. Yoga teaches us tools to anchor stillness and to be a quiet observer. It teaches us to come back to the present moment. Yes there will be moments when our minds wander, we become distracted by thoughts that linger like cobwebs cluttering the mind, thoughts of the past day, and thoughts of the future. There will be moments when we become distracted by the challenge within the physical practice as we push ourselves to a physical limit. Yet we have the gentle reminder from our teacher guide to be aware and catch ourselves when our mind has either checked out or is to full to be focused on what is right in front of us.
Where to start? For” Focus” and “Clarity.” Join me and the many other teachers at Canada’s premiere yoga centre. http”//theclaritycentre.ca Add a yoga class into your life, whether it is a meditation, or gentle restorative to calm your mind. Or a hatha or Ashtanga class were the emphasis is more on physical alignment. Yoga will give you the tools to focus on being present while you are on your mat. In turn you can take away those lessons when you’re off your mat and in your daily life.