I have read so many articles where people talked about how Yoga has changed their lives, made them happy and now life is awesome. Does this mean that if I follow Yoga, I will be a happy soul. Let us try to understand how this ancient art is making you happy. Practicing Yoga daily (or 3-4 days a week) brings a type of discipline in your life and anything which is related to self-discipline (not imposed by someone) makes you feel happy.
Practicing Yoga will definitely boost your confidence. It will make you feel proud of yourself. You feel happy that you can overcome the desire of shunning the practice(stretching). You feel happy when everyday you show your presence on the mat. This consistency is what makes you happy. However many a times, routines are boring. You start hating your daily schedule. So, one day you decide to skip and then a day becomes two days and finally weeks. Now your Yoga mat must be lying at some corner of your house and you don’t feel enough enthusiasm to start the practice again.
So, how can you make sure that you continue the practice and be happy also. For that, you have to prepare yourself, before you decide to go for any activity. Now you must be wondering what type of preparation it is.Prepare yourself that there will be times, when stepping on the mat will seem to be toughest.Prepare yourself for the fact that every thing won’t turn out as you have imagined. Prepare yourself that there will be moments of disappointment, pains, anxiety, procrastination. Sometimes you would be too tired to practice. Your body might be sore to function properly. Sometimes, you wont have time to practice and sometimes no energy.
This doesn’t mean that you have to start with all negative things. However you have to embrace reality along with your enthusiastic plan. Don’t flutter when you face disappointment, when morning practice seems to be tough or when you feel the journey is just impossible to complete. Instead, just make your mind understand that you have imagined this thing and it will gradually move away with your daily practice. Give things time and enjoy the new process that you are learning.
Another important thing that you have to keep in mind is that you have to set a target. Once you decide to start Yoga, you do a little homework. Understand what Yoga is, what type of Yoga you want to learn, what are the primary asanas and what are the intermediate asanas. You can set a target to attain intermediate level or Advanced level. You can also set a target to build your strength or increase your flexibility. Once you have a goal in hand, you will be more focused on the target. And if you keep the reality in mind, the chances of disappointment will be reduced. And once you achieve what you have decided, your confidence and your happiness will definitely seem to increase.
Having said that, this applies to any activity that you decide to pursue. If you follow them properly, you will definitely find the happiness that you are longing for.
Let me know what you think about this.