From Your Mat to Your World

mindset Jun 15, 2021

The beauty of a yoga mat is that it is a safe and separate space from the rest of the world.

Here, you can begin to break down and tear apart the beliefs that you’ve created about yourself. At Yogi Flight School we refer to these beliefs as our stories. 

Our mats are our mirrors. The way that we approach our yoga practice is often the way that we show up in our lives and in the world. 

For example, when you are struggling to nail an arm balance, inversion, or even one of the more common yoga poses that you’ve been working on for what feels like an eternity or perhaps are simply unable to do that day, how do you respond? 

  • How do you talk to yourself? 
  • Do you spiral into a frenzy of frustration? 
  • Do you get angry with yourself and allow it to spill over to those around you?
  • What is the story that you are telling yourself about yourself?

When things don’t happen as you expected them to in life - when you don’t reach your goals in the amount of time you’d set or you’re not offered the job/promotion that you desperately wanted, how do you react? 

  • Do you tell yourself that you aren't good, intelligent, or strong enough to reach your goals?
  • Do you get angry and stop trying?
  • Do you convince yourself that you didn't want to achieve or obtain that anyway?

Notice and be aware of how you are when you are challenged and things don’t come easily. If you are not doing so already, be kind and compassionate to yourself.

The story you create for yourself will take over your life - so take your power back and change your story.

You will always receive what you believe that you deserve. Spend some time considering what that looks like for you and in your life.

You either get the result you want or the lesson you need. So, be committed to doing the work, believe in yourself, trust the process, and also be unattached to the outcome. 

Every day we are given an infinite number of opportunities to make a choice. You can choose to empower yourself or you can choose to disempower yourself. Your words, thoughts, and actions are immensely influential tools that you get to use to lift yourself up.

The real prize (that you may not often hear about) is you then get to reach back down and offer a hand to the person behind you.


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