Unite your own needs with those of others

When having a yoga class, I often explain that yoga means unity, as we through the practice of yoga unite both mind and body. By focusing on breathing during yoga, the restless thoughts of the mind are eased, which opens the mind to listen to the body’s needs, e.g. if it needs a break, or if it needs to stretch out a bit more.

However, uniting the mind and body is equally important in the day-to-day life. I experience this in my everyday life when I’m stuck in awkward social situations. There can be many reasons, such as that I’m running short on time and the conversation has devolved into chit-chat. The question is, do you stay in the current situation, or do you listen to what your mind and body needs? A particular kind of discomfort can sometimes happen in my body, which I often experience as small tensions in my face, neck, and within my mind which becomes occupied by stressful thoughts. I’ve often stayed in awkward situations, in the hopes that the discomfort will cease once I’ve left.

However, in my experience this is not the case, rather the discomfort lingers on. Therefore I take the yoga with me beyond the mat itself, listen to my needs which in turn creates a stronger unity between my mind and body. Of course, it’s not always possible to leave an uncomfortable situation, and occasionally one must stick around. However, it is in situations where you have a clear-cut choice whether to stay or not, that are most critical to whether you mind and body is in balance. The circumstances under which it is acceptable to leave a situation is however naturally significantly influenced by how emotionally close you are to the person or people around you. It’s easier to leave a party where you’re just a part of the crowd, than a close friend who’s talking about his/her recently deceased pet.

When you begin to listen and react accordingly to your mind and body’s signals, it can significantly reduce feelings of stress.



I hverdagen er det lige så vigtigt at skabe forening mellem krop og sind. Jeg kender det fra min egen dagligdag, når jeg befinder mig i sociale sammenhænge, som jeg ikke har det

godt med. Det kan have mange årsager, såsom at tiden er løbet fra mig og samtalen samtidig er endt ud i smalltalk. Spørgsmålet er så, om man bliver i situationen eller lytter efter, hvad krop og sind har brug for. Nogle gange opstår der et ubehag i min krop, som jeg mærker som småspændinger i ansigt og nakke og sindet, som fyldes af stressende tanker. Jeg er ofte blevet i situationer, som ikke har været optimale for mig, i forhåbningen om, at dette ubehag vil forsvinde, når jeg går.

Min erfaring er bare, at det ikke sker; at ubehaget fortsætter. Jeg tager derfor yogaen med mig fra yogamåtten, lytter efter mine behov og skaber en bedre forening i min krop og mit sind. Det er naturligvis ikke altid ligetil at komme ud af en situation; nogle gange er man nødt til at blive. Jeg oplever selv, at det er de situationer, hvor jeg har et valg om at blive eller ej, der er afgørende for, om der er balance i krop og sind. Din følelsesmæssige nærhed til personerne omkring dig har selvfølgelig nogen grad af indflydelse på, under hvilke omstændigheder du selv vil finde det tilladeligt at trække dig ud af en situation. Du vil nemmere kunne forlade en fest, hvor du blot er en del af mængden, end en nær ven, der fortæller om sin nyligt afdøde hund.

Når du begynder at lytte efter og handle på din krop og dit sinds signaler, vil dit stressniveau mindskes.

When having a yoga class, I often explain that yoga means unity, as we through the practice of yoga unite both mind and body. By focusing on breathing during yoga, the restless thoughts of the mind are eased, which opens the mind to listen to the body’s needs, e.g. if it needs a break, or if it needs to stretch out a bit more.


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