On an average I get two to three people enquiring about the Yoga class every day. They usually are graceful enough to share their reasons to look towards Yoga. Some want to get into good physical shape, some want to shape up their lives, some looking for a solution to their ailment and others for general fitness. I would spend good time to understand them and also explain to the best of my abilities about how Yoga could show them the desired way. Now these are curious souls who have identified their issue and are searching for solution. This is the first positive step. However, most of them fail to take the second step ….coming to the class. A few of them would come but give up very soon stating that they are just not being able to make it…they would promise to themselves that they will be regular from tomorrow but I mostly don’t see this tomorrow happening.
A common excuse is that I do not have the time or energy left for the Yoga class and therefore its best to skip it. However, it’s important to question ourselves about why we lack the energy or the time for something we know is so good for us?
This situation I guess is not new and the Yoga Sutra has listed 4 reasons why we would skip the Yoga class.
Running behind Money: we are made to believe that money is the solution to all our problems. It can take care of our desires, can make us happy, earn us respect and make us feel successful. It has become a big yardstick on which we rate ourselves and the people around us. We get so absorbed in earning and then maintaining this money or status that we are left with none or very little time for anything else life has to offer.
Being socially overactive: we want to belong or we want to be recognized…either of these makes us socially active or rather in today’s time over active. This is so clearly visible with social networking gaining important ground in our lives. We see comments and ‘Likes’ coming in through the day and night. We want to be a part of every happening event and here hotels and restaurants will give you enough reasons to plan every week. It’s common to see everyone heading for a party or event late in the night. If we keep ourselves so occupied where will we have the energy or the discipline to attend Yoga?
Slept late or insufficient sleep: a popular bollywood chartbuster “char baj gaye lekin party abhi baaki hai” (its four in the morning but the party is still not over) sums this up. A good sound sleep at the right time is foundation to good health. This is the time body and mind need to rejuvenate, refresh and rebuild itself for the new day every day. Today we fail to provide this to ourselves and the result is known by people sooner or later. Lack of quality and timely sleep is a silent killer, it would make us weak physically and emotionally. The 24×7 work and party culture is an epidemic and the sooner we understand the better for us. Sleeping late or having disturbed sleep will keep your energy levels low to get up and go for the Yoga class.
Over eating or eating late: We are an over fed generation. We don’t have to hunt for food it gets delivered to our homes….and to top it up it’s not ‘quality food’. Most of us indulge in emotional eating. We are not happy about our lives, tasty and tangy food lifts up our spirits and we keep going back to it multiple times a day. There is no fixed time schedule and we end up eating a heavy meal right before we go to bed and this also late in the night while watching our favorite television channel. Both these habits are not subscribed to live a yogic life. These habits will disturb our sleep patterns and instead of providing energy will take it away from us.
All of us are aware of these aspects but habits are hard to break. We have to make a commitment to ourselves to lead a healthy life and with patience & practice develop new habits that are aligned to natural living. Also one needs courage and determination to live unlike most around us.