7 Ways To Navigate Change Like A Yogi
By: Bipin Baloni, Passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher & Traveller in India
Summary: Let’s not harmonize the very much lived life full of common back and forth movements with cynicism. Change is essential, change is inevitable, change nurtures us, subsistence peace and calm with progress and figure out to navigate change like a yogi.
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
Our life is and should be like a drifting river, enchanted and fresh, unlike the stale water. Similarly, changes and transitions are the inseparable part of our lives and should accept it with ardour. We all have past experiences, memories, sweet and bitter stories that surely have shaped our lives into a unique present. Throughout the journey called life, we all go through various heaps and slopes, ups and downs, all the variegated moments together transit the present and the nearer future.
Transformation is radical and refusing to let go of the past and fearing the change turns out to be a missed valuable opportunity that lets us commence the life called journey onto a new path that surely is astounding.
Socrates’ sayings are right… one shall emphasize all the efforts on creating the newness rather juggling with the past. So adapt the change by building the new practice, and the old ones reflects with time.
Begin with inducing yogic practice to your life, and trust, you summon the greater and the better transformation within. Yoga practice is, of course, good for the entire body, altogether enhances the personality, instigates self-realization, and supports the emotions during the bad phase or dealing with past dark realities.
As you are dedicated towards the path of yoga, these inner transformations slowly manifest all the goodness and change in the external life and change the way you live. So with yoga allow these slow, little changes to happen inside and out for the bigger transformation.
Below are the seven points that navigate you to change yourself and live like a yogi, and embrace every bit of the transition.
Sync with the Natural Cycle
Invite balance and vitality in life by getting the body cycle in tune with our natural process. Start waking up with the sun, indulge in the practice of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation sequence) and connect the body with the solar system. Practice yoga, drink the apt amount of water, take baths in cold water are some ways of syncing with the natural process.
Breathe Rightly for Overall Purification
Pranayam or breathing technique is an ideal way of purifying the mind and body by eliminating the unpleasantness and creating space for a healthy being. Pranayam soothes the discomfort in the body, let us reconnect with self, let go of the past, bring positive changes, and all this accompanies our outer transformation.
Feed Yourself with the Right Food
I suggest switching to the yogic diet, this compliments the practice and make life much better. A yogic diet is sattvic, vegetarian, and full of balanced nutrients. With the small change in your diet, food choices and eating habits will induce long-term benefits in your life. Positive changes in your diet will also assist with managing stress, restful sleep and positive changes in mindset.
Live in the Present Moment
In today’s time we forget to live in the present, with these simple changes we initiate the practice of mindful living to relish the present moment. Changes do bring along a lot of emotional and behavioral changes and we are likely to experience irritation, fear, anger or anxiety. But considering the positive aspect, the transformation brings mindfulness into our lives and actions. This helps us to subsist and remain in the present moment.
Bring Yogic Principle in Your Life
Embrace the journey called life and live it consciously and to the fullest…this can happen when we adopt the yogic principles. The Yamas (Ethics-Moral Discipline) and Niyamas (Observance) is the backbone of the yoga philosophy and guide us to know how to live life in the true form.
- Ahimsa (Non-Violence)
- Satya (Truthfulness)
- Asteya (Non-Stealing)
- Brahmacharya (Chastity)
- Aparigraha (Non-Possessiveness)
- Shaucha (Self-Purification)
- Santrosha (Contentment)
- Tapas (Self-Discipline)
- Svadhyaya (Self-Study)
- Ishvara Pranshana (Self-Surrender)
Adopting these duties or yogic principles is required for a healthy living, and guides you towards the changes in life.
Embrace Change Positively
The entire holistic practice of yoga helps the practitioner to navigate a change efficiently, and effectively by connecting our senses and enhancing the consciousness. As you experience calmness and stillness inside you accept present moment and create space to embrace each transformation in a positive manner.
Accept Change and Initiate Growth
One cannot escape changes in life, so learn to accept it as the process of growing. With the practice of yogic science, we attain both strength and courage to welcome the inner and outer transformation. The ancient art of life makes us realize the impact the internal workings have on the external and push you towards knowing and accepting the true self.
Allow these seven techniques to navigate change, and allow them to guide you as a pedagogue through the crucial stages, and transition of life in a positive and pragmatic way.
Author Bio: Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides Yoga Teacher Training Nepal. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.