Why is it so difficult to change the patterns of our personality, our behavior? Why do we become impatient waiting for signs of progress? Why do we develop resistance and give up, abandoning our resolutions or goals?
Yoga offers answers to all of these questions. These answers are based on understanding the complex nature of who we are. Each person’s personality arises from the different components of the mind, patterns of actions from the past, and the influence of subtle energy centers within the body. These various forces combine not only to establish who we are, but continually exert their influences to perpetuate who we are. Basically every cell and vibration of our being is programmed to recreate itself and will therefore resist the changes we are try to make.
We must face that change is never easy. If it were simple we would all be perfect, enlightened beings by now. It requires what yoga refers to as “drashta bhava” or the feeling of being the witness, the seer. It is the ability to see our thoughts, our behaviors, all of our actions with a level of non-attached awareness that will help us manage the mind and life in a more proactive and positive way. It requires special yoga practices to cultivate the ongoing level of awareness that facilitates change.
It has been said, "Problems cannot be solved by the same level of awareness that created them - a new level of awareness must be developed." The practice of yoga at the Atma Center is geared toward changing, developing and deepening awareness to help you change.
If you would like to delve even deeper into awareness and transform your life, consider attending the Yogic Studies courses. The next entry level course will be held in May. For more information go to www.yogaacademyna.org.