Tuesday, May 9, 2017

All things are difficult before they become easy - Peacock Pose.

“Have patience, all things are difficult before they become easy.” Hafiz

I love this quote from Hafiz and it is so true, we forget that once we couldn’t even crawl and that had to be learned, we couldn’t walk or run, or feed ourselves, all had to be learned.  Sometimes the world throws things at us that seem overwhelming or incredibly challenging that we may want to hide under that cozy blanket and hope the situation will disappear.  But as Hafiz says, all is difficult before it becomes easy, then after that we wonder what we were worried about.  Or what we were worried about has become forgotten – we shift forward.  I love the fact that yoga asana or postures teach us to shift forward, no matter how long it takes us – poses can be incredibly challenging, but they are supposed to be, this helps us deal with those things that are challenging in our daily lives.  What we learn on the mat we can apply off the mat.  They teach us to be braver, to be able to move with ease through different situations knowing we will get to our goal in the end.  The amount of times I have fallen on my face with this peacock pose, but all it came down to was finding my own way on how to come up, this took a little playfulness and a lot of patience.  Sometimes a little play with the body will take us a long way toward knowing how to handle something.  As well as all the physical benefits, it was a case of determination, concentration and focus that got me there in the end.  And importantly a sense of trust that I could make it, tell yourself you can do something and it really works, so we think - so we become, tell yourself you can’t do it and it will seem impossible before you even try.  So have a go, have confidence in yourself and try, you never know you just might make it, I have faith in you, so try why not, and if we fall we learn.  One person told me, we don’t fail, sometimes we have success and sometimes we learn!  And that is so true.

Benefits of Mayurasana –
This asana stimulates the metabolic processes which increase secretions from the glands.  It stimulates the elimination of toxins from the blood assisting in healthy skin.  The digestive organs are massaged and it is great for managing any digestive disorders, diabetes and sluggishness of the liver and kidney.  There is development of mental and physical balance and helps with muscular control.  Toxins are eliminated, lethargy reduced and an awakening to the kundalini Shakti can occur.  
“The peacock posture destroys the effects of unwholesome food: it produces heat in the stomach and destroys the effects of poisons, it cures fever and is a very useful posture.” The Gerunda Samhita.

Never practice or try to practice if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, have any hernia, peptic or duodenal ulcer, or have physical weakness.  ALWAYS practice under the guidance of a suitably qualified teacher, and take care if you don’t want a bruised nose!!  

Enjoy showing your glorious tail feathers Peacock style in everything you do!
Have beautiful days Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

Mangala / nicky

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