In the course of our lives, all of us get dealt some heavy blows. While it is okay and even necessary to feel sorry for ourselves for a while, there is a point when we have to move out of that and decide what we want to do with the experience. Do we want to use it as an obstacle or as a stepping stone? I personally prefer to use it as a stepping stone, propelling myself forward in life. So what will you do? Are you generous of heart enough to use those really difficult lessons to your advantage or do you allow them to stem your growth?
Are you one of those people who often feels anxious around others?
A new scientific study published on PubMed shows that people with social phobias and anxieties are hypersensitive to other peoples' state of mind and are severely affected by the energy, emotions and feelings of others around them. Being highly sensitive to others is a very special gift. The knowledge of this could positively affect those who suffer from social anxiety by reframing their emotional landscape.
Rather than feeling that something is wrong with you, that you need to be fixed, you can just be very aware of your energy and how being around others affects you.
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When we grow up, we often start to ignore the child inside and tend to take life way too seriously. But that doesn't serve us. It kills the magic we need in our lives to nourish our Spirit. So start acknowledging and listening to the child you still have inside of you. Listen carefully - it is still there. Bring back the sparkle and the magic!
If you are curious about Forrest Yoga or Ana T. Forrest herself, watch this 9-minute interview. She talks about what Forrest Yoga is, why she created it, what Native American Ceremony has to do with yoga and what she teaches her students. She also shares her formula for change to help you break bad habits, talks about the eternal dilemma if you have to be vegetarian in order to be a yogi and tells us who her teachers are.
During her visit to South Africa in 2011 – her very first visit to the African continent – Ana was on the Expresso Breakfast Show on SABC3. If you would like a little demonstration of what awaits you in a Forrest class, watch this!
In Forrest Yoga we talk a lot about the importance of being authentic and how, in order to be authentic, you have to allow yourself to be vulnerable. But being vulnerable is not fun; in fact it is quite scary. Here is a very poignant and funny talk by Brene Brown who studies human connection – our ability to empathize, belong and love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.
Erica Mather is a Forrest Yoga Guardian and lives in New York. She has a blog called Stuff I learned at Yoga and posted this interesting little video on how yoga can help you with your eating – or non-eating – habits.