"Stillness is very important. It is necessary so that the higher faculty will function." --Master Choa Kok Sui
In our current world, we are constantly on the move, absorbed in & driven by our external environment: We check our social media accounts and technology (cell phones & computers), manage our endless "to dos" for work, family, & friends, & constantly worry about the future & dwell upon the past. We often live such externalized lives that we often forget to shift our focus inward & balance our constant efforts with moments of stillness... 💛💙 It is within moments of stillness that we can develop this "higher [mind-body] faculty". This faculty, or skill/ability, is known as embodied self-regulation (ESR) --or mastery over one's global functioning (i.e., thoughts, emotions, physiology/stress, & behaviors). A consistent yoga practice, with the guidance of a RYT, can develop ESR by teaching its students how to use its tools (on & off mat) & balance moments of movement with moments of stillness.
For instance, neuroscientific studies have linked a continuous hatha yoga practice to improved memory, concentration, & goal-setting abilities (cognition); enhanced ability to cope with stressful/uncomfortable stimuli (emotion), and; an increased aptitude for adhering to a difficult behavior, such as physical activity, smoking abstinence, & general goal-directed behaviors (actions). But again, this ability cannot be achieved without active, continuous mind-body practices that balance effort/movement & ease/stillness. A 10-minute practice is better than none... And an at-home practice is just as beneficial as a studio practice... 💗
I hope you will give yourself permission to infuse these tools/practices into your life so you may experience & live these benefits. 🧘🏻♀️🧘🏾♂️🧘🏼♂️🧘🏿♀️ For yoga & health research, philosophy, motivation, & more, follow me @the_phd_yogini 🤓🧘🏻♀️💗 Namaste, friends! 📷cred: @dragontotemrx