Ibiza Yoga improves our sense of wellbeing in many ways. It brings mind and body into greater harmony, improves our physical condition and promotes mental calm and focus. It’s also a wonderful tool towards self acceptance.
In fact, we can go as far as to say, positive thinking is essential to human happiness. ‘Thoughts determine reality,’ it is often said…
So why yoga?
* Positive thinking is one of the fundamental points of a yoga practice. As Westerners, we are unaccustomed to sitting with our thoughts, so meditation and yoga can often be challenging.
* Regular practice helps prolong the bodies anabolic process of growth and repair, lowers blood pressure and sharpens concentration.
* Forward bending postures (child’s pose and sitting forward bend) and inversions (head stand / shoulder stand) all help to calm the nervous system. And full, long, deep yoga breaths bring oxygen to brain and counter anxiety.
* Above all, yoga cultivates concentration and focus. And there is nothing more calming than escaping from the constant chatter of the mind and being fully present in the moment.
How to transform to positivity:
* Take account of your successes and achievements – count your blessings daily and see just how far you have come in your life.
* Positive affirmations can be hugely powerful – remind yourself that your thoughts influence your moods. Simple positive affirmations for just one minute every day like ‘I am positive and capable’. Repeat them silently to yourself and let them sink in. Tap the centre of your chest whilst you do so.
* Write down your negative thoughts and challenge them with a more realistic mindset at a later time. Learning to recognise your negative thoughts can be the key. Would you be quite so critical to another person or a friend? Probably not!
Three to get you feeling strong and positive in body and mind!
1) Lie on your stomach and with your hands on the floor and repeatedly press the upper body up and down… The head goes to the neck and forward. While breathing in and out, think ‘I let go of my false desires’. And let go of what you need to today.
2) Get your feet moving in the prone position. The head lies relaxed. Think, ‘I forgive… (insert here the person!) that he/she (insert the hurt) – you can forgive yourself here too).’ Think these words until you feel sad and let go…
3) Perform cycling. Turn onto your back, lift your head and move your arms and legs. Think ‘I move in the direction of the positive. My positive thought today is… ?’ What makes your mind positive? What do you find beautiful in life? What is good in your life?