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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Yoga is just a little like everyday life, or the importance of being consistent

What you do has far greater impact than what you say.
Stephen Covey [1932-2012]

Today I was having an interesting discussion with two colleagues of mine, who made a fool of me because I made a comparison between yoga and everyday life...
Well, let's be more precise, so you can judge by yourself.

A colleague of mine was telling us that he didn't like the teaching style of a yoga teacher because the person was used to say "left" while meaning "right" and vice versa. So my colleague got confused and he was not able to do the postures properly. In my opinion this is not a deal breaker while taking a yoga class, since while doing yoga I observe the teacher and do mirroring. 

[Doing mirroring with yoga postures, anyone?
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So I don't always pay attention to what the teacher says. I pay attention to what the teacher does. And then I do the same (or at least I try, since I am a very bad yogi, so far). 

While reflecting on this matter, I said that in everyday life it is the same, after all. 
And there is where my colleagues told me that this was a pearl of wisdom that has changed their life.

Well, it did change my life. Completely.

If someone is telling me something but then he/she is doing something different or even just the opposite, I pay attention to what the person is actually doing, not to what the person is saying. If this happens once, no problem. Every person can have an accident, experience a bad day, face some worries and the like. 

But if the situation is going to happen again and again and again... Well, I am not going to trust the person that much, even if I am not going to judge him/her. I am just not going to rely upon them. 
Actions count a thousand words to me. And I am all for being consistent, in everyday life.

What about you? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Tags: Yoga, Everyday life, Being consistent

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