This week, I was inspired to teach a yoga kriya called Emotional Resilience: Cutting the Negative Thoughts. It felt like a perfect yoga set to teach as we wind down the year and prepare for 2020. In this set, you have an opportunity to pull up all of the negative thoughts you have about yourself and cut through them, releasing their hold on you, creating emotional resilience. You then move your body to fling those thoughts away, releasing the physical hold they may have in your body. Finally you draw in radiance and light, replacing that negativity with new possibility. I like to end the practice by chanting, I am the light of my soul, I am beautiful, I am bountiful, I am bliss, I am, I am.
I have spent a lot of time in my life trying to avoid thinking of my negative aspects. Notice I say trying because they continue to emerge for a reason - they are there! While I believe in the law of attraction and what we think about grows, I also believe we need to address our challenges. Admitting to my challenges, my faults and destructive thoughts allows me to confront them, acknowledge them and release their hold on me. Through this process their impact lessons, the emotions around them become less potent and their hold over me releases and disappears. This is why I appreciate this kriya and find it to be so valuable. We need to call up our destructive thought processes, acknowledge them and release the hold they have over our lives. Ending this practice with chanting fills that open space with a beautiful mantra of affirmation. I am beautiful. I am bountiful. I am bliss. Chanting I am, I am repeatedly allows you to connect in with who and what you are. I am, I am becomes I am what, I am who and over and over you can fill in those blanks for yourself.
I am an animal loving-Vegan runner, I practice and teach Kundalini Yoga and I love to cook and eat flavorful plant-based food.