We all get ‘stuck’ sometimes in life and in our yoga practice! The exciting thing is that we can use our yoga practice as a platform to launch a more powerful, peaceful and authentic Self. International Power Vinyasa yoga teacher Baron Baptiste gives us 8 universal principles so we can step to our edge on and off that mat. Each month from now we’ll share one of these with you and Deb provides some clarification on how we can call on these principles in our practice. This is perfect timing.

‘The Eight Principles for ‘Stepping Up to your Edge’

 

Principle 1 –  We are either NOW HERE or NOWHERE.

‘Interesting how the difference is just a little space. All life happens in the present moment.  All we really have is the moment that is right here, right now, in front of us. Any moment that happened in the past is a memory, and any moment that will happen in the future is a fantasy… The psychology of growth is being in the process and taking it one moment at a time.’ Read more…

 

Principle 2 –  Be in the Now, and You’ll Know How.

‘When you tune in to the present moment, you reign your focus back in from the distractions happening around you. When you make this directional shift from paying outward attention to inward attention, you can really hear what your body is telling you. Your body communicates with you through a language we all understand. It’s called sensation.’ Read more…

 

Principle 3 –  Growth is the Most Important Thing There Is.

‘We have two choices: We grow, or we die. It’s that simple. Growth is forward movement; anything else is stagnation, or worse, regression. I would even go so far as to say that growth is the answer to the age-old question of the meaning of life. It’s the whole point to our journey: to grow and evolve…’ Read more…

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Principle 4 –  Exceed Yourself to Find Your Exceeding Self.

‘If you do what you’ve always done, you get what you’ve always gotten. It’s that simple. If you really want to grow beyond where you are, to change your habits, your body, your mind, and / or your life, you need to exceed yourself.  To find the authentic you buried inside, you need to tread into new territory.’ Read more…

Yoga Space Gippsland Philosophy

 

Principle 5 –  In Order to Heal You Need to FEEL.

‘We spend our lives stuffing down emotional and physical injuries, but these wounds don’t really disappear.  Cellular memory is a powerful thing, and deep within all of us is a record of every feeling we tried to suppress, every emotional scar we keep buried, every physical ailment we thought was healed.’ Read more…

Principle 6 - Yoga Space Gippsland

 

Principle 6 –  Think Less, Be More.

‘Once you learn the mechanics of a pose – what goes where, what rotates which way, as so on – the only thing left is to get your brain out of the way and just relax into it. You can psyche yourself in or out of anything, not to mention think a pose to death.  Analysis paralysis is the ego’s way of keeping you rooted in your intellect rather than your spirit.’ Read more…

Yoga Space Gippsland Philosophy

 

Principle 7 –  We Are the Sum Total of our Reactions.

‘We don’t really have experiences in life. We have reactions to experiences. Things don’t happen to us. Things happen in and of themselves, and what we do is react to them. It’s not the existence of standstill traffic that effects us, because if it’s happening, say across town and we don’t know about it, it doesn’t bother us.’ Read more…