Non-attachment and Commitment

Sep 14, 2021

Abhyāsa vairāgyābhyām tannirodhah.

This is yoga sutra 1.12 from The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and its message is practice and non-attachment - showing up and doing the work of the practice of yoga, the work of life, of being present, without attachment to the result.

That tends to be really difficult for a lot of people. 

We think, “why in the world would we practice something if we’re not going somewhere?

If there’s no goal? Or how do we not be attached to the fruits of the thing that we’re working towards?”

But that is the practice. Yoga tries to teach us that it’s not always about the end goal. If it’s always about the end goal, we’re going to do it for the end goal, and we need to be doing it for the process. It’s in the process, in the repetition, in the showing up that we learn about ourselves, that we clear out the bullshit and start to find some clarity and some peace. 

Yoga is about much more than the physical...

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The Power of Belief

Aug 31, 2021

 At Yogi Flight School, we spend a fair amount of time discussing the stories that we’ve created about ourselves.

These stories are often beliefs that we’ve adopted over time and are keeping us stuck in the same patterns, places, and as the same person. Growth becomes unimaginable, because growth requires change, and change takes us out of our comfort zone. 

The important thing to remember is that our beliefs are not always based on truth. We adopt beliefs based on our experiences with the world or with other people, many times during childhood, and almost always without conscious recognition of what’s occurring. Beliefs are sneaky like that.

But what happens when we begin to challenge those beliefs and set out to re-write our stories?

Magic happens.

It starts small. You begin to use the word “yet,” a lot more often. 
“I can’t,” becomes “I can’t, yet.” 
“I’m not strong enough,”...

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The Journey

Aug 17, 2021

"Yoga is the journey of the self
     Through the self
          To the self"
~ The Bahagavad Gita

When you’re not able to nail a pose, you have an incredible opportunity if you’re not yet nailing it. Consider that as a gift, because you are being delivered an opportunity to look at yourself and see how you are when you’re challenged. And how you are when things don’t come easily and quickly. In seeing that, you have the opportunity to make a choice.

Can you choose to revert to your stories (Examples: I’m not good enough, I’m too heavy, I’m too weak, etc) or you can choose to say, “Okay, this isn’t easy, and I’m going to commit without being attached to the outcome. I will commit to showing up and doing the work over and over and over.”

This is so many of us. This is human. This is what we do - we assign meaning to things.

An event is neutral. Something occurring, in and of...

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Breaking Through Fear

Aug 03, 2021

Life has a funny habit of installing fear in us in even the most subtle of ways.

Where, though, does the stress come from? It’s a response to our fear. The human stress response is intended to keep us safe from catastrophic events (like being chased by a velociraptor in prehistoric times). 

Prolonged states of fear and stress can result in many chronic illnesses. And if you didn’t know, chronic illnesses make up more than 80% of the current diseases affecting the global population.

 

You might be asking yourself, “what does this have to do with arm balances and inversions?”

Well, for most people, arm balances and inversions are scary. Do any of these sound familiar?

  • What if I fall?
  • What if I get hurt?
  • What if I try and I can’t? (…and what does that mean about me?)
  • What if I’m not strong enough?
  • What if I’m not flexible enough?

 

I can assure you that very few people begin their journey with arm balances and inversions...

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The Right Time

Jul 20, 2021

We tend to wait until the “right time” to do the things we want in life. 

When is the right time? Most of the time, the opportunities that are offered to us, the ones that really stretch us out of our comfort zone, don’t come at the right time. They come at the most inopportune, inconvenient, and least ideal moments. 

AND that’s exactly when we need to lean into them.  

It’s important, though, to understand yourself and truly be in alignment with your wants and needs. Why? Because opportunities for everything are everywhere, and if we just blindly go about accepting them all, we will be quickly overwhelmed and burnt out. 

Once we move into that place of self-alignment, we can stop postponing our lives. How often do we put the things that call to us off because “there’s time for that later?” 

LIFE IS NOW - we are not guaranteed a “later.” The only thing that exists is right now.

When we operate...

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From Your Mat to Your World

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...

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What does PURPOSE mean to you?

May 14, 2020

I’ve been thinking about “purpose,” and what it means to do work in the world that’s aligned with your purpose. I hear that term a lot - it gets thrown around in the entrepreneurship and self-help worlds, but I’ve found it hard to grasp.

I know when I was stuck at my computer 8-10 hours a day in an office with no windows inside a warehouse earning my six figure salary selling things I didn’t care about to people I didn’t know, I sure as hell couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of work with purpose (insert vomit emoji).

I was on the merry-go-round and it felt completely purposeless. Get up, go to work, go to yoga (thank god for yoga), go home, do some more work/watch some brainless TV, go to bed, repeat. 10 freaking years. Some of us do it for 50 freaking years.

I’m so glad my feeling of stuck-ness got so bad that I couldn’t breathe any more, because I had no choice but to change it.

I’ve learned so much over...

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