Controlling that little voice in your head.
Thousands of years ago in a book called the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali, an ancient teacher, recorded the early yoga teachings. He wrote that yoga is about “stilling the thought waves in the mind”.
In other words, it’s about helping to control that little voice lurking in your head, which, to a greater or lesser extent, is giving us all a constant internal commentary tells us what it thinks we should be doing. That little voice isn’t us – it’s our mind or our ego taking over.
By quietening that little voice, we can use all our senses to evaluate what is really happening in our lives. That way, we can react in the most appropriate way for us, setting ourselves free from the constant chatter that is the accompaniment to our daily lives.
Yoga can help us to unlock the power of the unconscious mind, our potential buried deep inside us, surrounded by years of conditioning from how we were brought up, our education, society’s expectations and many layers that we build around to protect us as we go through life.
© Sarah Swan (March 2016)