There’s a beautiful balance that I learned from Yoga which is instantly applicable to life: tenacity and relaxation.
In essence, Yoga works like this: You start to consciously control your breathing, you move into your pose and gently hold it, and you repeat a mantra in your mind to stay focused.
This creates a very relaxed way of being, and at the same time, you learn how to use your stamina, tenacity, and grit.
You might have noticed in your own Yoga practice that a conscious breath and a mantra can help you hold a pose much longer than if you do your “normal” breathing or let your mind slowly slip into negativity when things get a bit more difficult.
You develop a knowing that your body is always giving you feedback, and how to adjust your stance, if needed.
And you learn that your conscious focus and your willingness to keep up will help you to relax even when there’s tension or pain. You take a stance, you breathe, you stay focused, and you choose a conscious, relaxed tenacity.
Life imitating Yoga.
Yoga imitating life.
Let me know if you need any help with translating your Yogic tenacity to life. As a Kundalini Yoga teacher, it is part of my job to provide those kinds of translation services. Contact me for a non-binding Intro Conversation if you’d like to learn more.