“When you listen to your body whisper, you don’t have to hear it scream.” Author Unknown
As a yoga instructor I often encourage students to listen to their bodies and it’s for this very reason. When we listen to and honor the subtleties, physical sensations, the breath, the quiet voice within, emotions and intuition (innate intelligence deep within us all), we can prevent our body’s “screams” and the risk of injury in our practice. Learning from past experience is also helpful. For example, when we eat a food that upsets our digestion, energy level, ability to sleep or focus it’s probably best to avoid those foods. When we practice a yoga pose that causes pain (not discomfort that we can breath and relax through, but PAIN) then it may be best to practice a variation and return to that pose gently when the body is ready to receive it. I have come to learn that working with the whole being of a person, is far more effective then dealing with it’s parts as separate from the whole. We are connected through the breath, through a web of connective tissues, fluid blood flow, muscles, bones, nerves and skin. Allow your body to speak to you and speak back with kind actions and words. Wish your body well. Feed your body nourishing foods. Drink water. If you feel pain discover why, seek out help if need be. Let your inner voice and intelligence guide you, when you do your body will scream less and your joy and well being will increase. Then it will be possible for every area of your life to improve.
Remember life is a journey, self discovery takes a lifetime. Sometimes we learn first by doing what is wrong. When listening to the body, and whole being, it is not black and white, there are all shades of gray. We hone our listening over time and it gets easier with practice.
Honor each others path and journey, we are unique and made different for a reason. Let’s learn from one another, even if it’s what not to do. Love yourself, love your neighbor. To truly listen it takes deep concentration and a willingness to be present, to yourself and others. What a gift!