Graduate Writings

Self-affirmation

by Leonie Taylor

“What you need is an acceptance of yourself as you are. You are like a seed ….
If seeds had goals, there wouldn’t be very many flowers.”

Al Huang

To practice yoga with genuine ‘ahimsa’, or non-violence, we must feel loving, nurturing and supportive towards ourselves. But many of us carry around a great deal of negativism about ourselves.

Caught in negativity
Typical negative self-beliefs we have are:

Hedonic treadmill

Jump off the hedonic treadmill
by Leonie Taylor

“Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.”

Edward de Bono

According to Dr Raj Persaud, Consultant Psychiatrist at The Maudsley Hospital in South London, presenter of All In The Mind on BBC Radio 4,

“To improve the quality of life and wellbeing in a population, you reduce the number of bad things.”

Pregnancy: the beginning of it all

by Leonie Taylor

Yoga can prepare the pregnant woman, mentally and physically, for the changes in her body and her life, but it can also be a route to deeper introspection and self discovery.

Being pregnant for the first time was when I really found my yoga. I’d already been practising for several years and feeling the benefits physically, but the little miracle growing inside me opened up a stronger holistic connection.

Quotes

Why are you unhappy?
Because 99.9% of everything you think
And of everything you do
Is for yourself –
And there isn’t one!

— Wei Wu Wei