Yoga asks the individual to be present in the moment,not to worry about the future nor to dwell on the past. Can you quietly look inward? My students ask me if I meditate. My response is that it is a work in progress. Yoga asks that you simply just practice it every day. Now I didn't come to this level of knowledge until I began studies with Gary Kraftsow. It is through Gary that I began to understand that yoga is not an exercise program. Meditation is the art of focus. Today we attempt to multi-task our way through our day. The I-phone is the link to happiness. Look what this new technology can do. Our movies are now in 3-D. Machines can do things more swiftly than before. There are now particles even smaller than atoms which we can now use to do who knows what. Time flies faster now than ever before and we want healing to follow at that pace.
The more I question what I see in both clients of massage and my yoga students, the less concrete are my opinions on what will help them. That's very interesting is my usual remark in sessions or a classes. Some of the things that I have learned from people is that putting the power of the mind can bring change to the body. Relaxation is a learned response once you have been injured. Laughter is a necessary part of healing.
What is your nature? Are you someone that would rather run around the block or just stroll? Is a game really just a matter of the competitive edge? The all consuming need to win. Do you anger easily or are you easy going? Are you the couch dweller, who just loves to eat? Do you know how stress really effects you? Now would you think that any of this would matter in finding a way out of pain?