BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD
Gandhi’s words resonate as deeply today as they did in post-war India.
In the new year, it is clear that we all feel the burgeoning yearning for change, just like the little snowdrop bulbs under the ground, budding and yearning for light, we too want to grow and come into the light.
But in order for change to come about, we need to have five qualities in place.
- Faith – Do we believe that we can change or grow?
- Effort – Do we have the energy to bring about the change we believe in?
- Concentration – Can we concentrate and not let myself be disturbed or distracted by anything?
- Mindfulness – Do we have the ability to be mindful of what we are doing (ie is this going to harm others, how do we go about achieving our goal and benefiting as many people as possible?)
- Wisdom- Do you have the wisdom to know when to change direction, stop or do it in another way?
Faith allows you to initiate change in your life, the actual moving towards change requires effort, and you need to concentrate on that effort to keep persevering. Then to know if all of that is happening, you need mindfulness.
It’s wisdom that allows you to redirect your movement toward change when you realize that your goal was incorrect or that the way you are going about it is not skillful.
The five faculties come together to allow you to change in healthy ways. When you are trying to make a difficult life change, cultivating each of these qualities is a wise and proper thing to do.
Sometimes those new year’s resolutions go straight out the window at the first temptation, as they were taken lightly and without much thought. Then we feel despondent and disappointed with ourselves.
The 5 precepts above are five Buddhist precepts for growth and change and are all cultivated in Yoga.
Gandhi’s intelligence and insight were borne out of years of Yoga study in what we call “Vedanta”.
At the Universal Yoga Centre in Camerton we teach the philosophy of yoga in our classes and our meditation meetings.
In the 6 years we have been operating in the area, we have seen deep transformations in many of our students, relieving symptoms such as:
- Chronic pain
- Back problems
- Neck problems
- Confidence issues
- Lack of focus
- Low self-esteem.
Yoga is a science, which has evolved over 7000 years and is now readily available to us in the West. It evolved to enable spiritual enlightenment. What does that mean? Simply put, it means how to live a meaningful, healthy and joyful life.
While yoga can look like any other exercise to the uninitiated, it has actually evolved so that we are also working on the mind, the spirit and the entire physiological system (endocrine, respiratory, circulatory, nervous, musculo-skeletal systems).
With over 14 classes per week, there are several different levels and types of yoga available, including:
- Beginners course starting next Monday
- Meditation course
- Gentle Light (for chronic problems)
- Kids yoga (up to 8) Tattybumpkin
- Pregnancy yoga
- Post-natal yoga
- Intermediate yoga
- De-stressing classes
- Community pay what you can classes
WE have a sauna and massage therapists too on site to enhance your experience.
On Thursday mornings at 10 am we offer a Community Class, to allow anyone who is interested to come along and pay what they like (minimum donation £1).
Yoga is the way to greater wellbeing, enhanced immune system and a joie de vivre. Check it out!