While yoga may appear to some as just a mere workout designed to enhance and strengthen the physical body, yoga can actually do so much more.
In fact, for some, yoga is considered one of the strongest (if not unlikely) allies when times are turbulent.
The amazing science of self-realization often associated with the practice is a potent foundation to lean on when uncertainty takes over, negative emotions arise, and when life in general, feel overwhelming.
In essence, yoga teaches that people are more than just physical beings.
In other words, ancient yogis believe we are not limited to the ordinary time-space reality—there is more than what the 5 senses can perceive.
The ancient and amazing practice provides us with the perpetual framework to help us navigate even through the most trying of times.
Below are some of the ways yoga can help during times of uncertainty, chaos, and change:
Yoga helps you embrace change.
There are certain things in life that are constant and change is one of them.
While not everyone will welcome change, it is part and parcel of everyday life.
How you perceive change can help you appreciate its existence.
While change can be uncomfortable and can take you out of your comfort zone, it can also spearhead both your evolution and growth.
Just like in yoga, you have to push yourself to the limit in order to experience a breakthrough.
If you are a new yoga practitioner, you can attest executing even the most basic of poses can become challenging.
This is especially true if you are not exactly flexible enough or if you are still trying to find your way around and working on the techniques.
If you are not willing to get out of your comfort zone, chances are you will not have the patience to learn how to execute the poses properly.
In life, if you don’t perceive uncertainty, chaos, and change as an opportunity to transform, grow, or heal, you will never get anywhere.
It helps you stay in the present moment.
When you are feeling overwhelmed, it’s easy to stress about the things that will happen in the future or the life decisions you have made in the past.
Fortunately, when you practice yoga, you will get thorough training on centering, grounding, and staying in the present moment.
In most cases, overwhelming feelings of chaos can make staying in the present moment very difficult, if not impossible.
When you are not present, it is likely that you can easily find yourself consumed by negative emotions and fearful thoughts.
However, when you practice yoga, you will have time to listen to your body, silence the clutter of the mind, and stay in the moment.
In other words, you will learn how to use stillness to your advantage.
One deliberate and deep breath at a time, you will find yourself free from discomfort and uncertainty, basking in the solace only the present moment can provide.
It helps you cultivate pure awareness.
Once you know how to cultivate your “Shiva consciousness” or that pure awareness part of you, you’d be able to use it when dealing with challenges off the mat.
The ego-nature or the “small mind” oftentimes gets caught up worrying about the future or regretting the past.
Fortunately, once you are able to cultivate that part of you that is pure awareness, you will be able to see these so-called mind fluctuations sans any attachment.
It can be akin to resting while in the eye of the storm.
Thoughts, worries, and concerns fly around yet you remain at ease, centered, and connected.
It helps you come up with a clearer vision of where you want to go.
Sankalpa is a word in sanskrit which means heartfelt resolve or intention.
Sankalpa works by helping you align with your greater purpose or dharma so you become more in tune to the flow of the universal forces.
In challenging and turbulent times, it’s easy to feel hopeless and helpless.
Sankalpa can help you identify what you want more clearly and help you steer your ship to the direction you want to go.