Monday, September 27, 2010
To be mentally strong
To be mentally tough can mean many things:
Close your eyes first and reflect: what does it mean for you to be mentally tough?
- It can also mean to stay positive when meeting people who tend to express negative thoughts.
- It can mean to practice patience.
- It can mean to learn to focus on the breath during a yoga practice that lasts 90 min.
- It can mean to stay positive when facing setbacks.
- It can mean to start new habits.
- To trust helps to be mentally strong.
- Positive self-talk is important as well: Instead of thinking an asana is not possible due to age, stiffness or whatever, one can start thinking the classic sentence by P. Jois: Practice and all is coming.
- Visualization supports mental toughness.
- Sleeping well supports mental toughness.
- Focusing on solutions not on problems makes a person stronger.
Ashtanga yoga also exercises the mind: visualization, thinking positive, trusting, focusing on the breath are exercises that makes us mentally strong, it can all be applied during our daily practice.
And now I'm mentally strong enough to make the first small step on the mat in order to greet the sun. It's even shining today.
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My list is influenced by the book by Jon Gordon:
Many methods that help to be succesful in other areas, also help to develop a yoga practice.