Are you short or long distance runner?

I am writing about running not because I am trying to convince you to start running, but because it is very interesting to become aware of “short or long distance tendencies” within us.

You may not expect this from me,  but I used to be a “short distance runner and easy quitter”. For example I had an idea; I would try something for a while and when difficulties appeared I gave up. I kept repeating this tendency until I became aware of it. That awareness allowed me to make a new commitment:  don’t give up too quickly. 

As somebody wise said: “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: not going all the way, and not starting.”

I used to have short-term goals and I was always looking for the shortest way to achieve something. Often this resulted in exactly the opposite:  instead of saving time and energy, I had to spend much more time and energy to achieve the goal. I made a new commitment again: trust the process and take your time. 

I would like us to grow together into a ‘long distance running mindset’. 

Firstly, in order to develop a long distance running mindset we need to start with accepting that change is part of life and all forms of life on this planet are changing in some sense all the time. 

Secondly we need to look for the growth in everything. If we look at our physical activities, each time we challenge ourself with push-ups or a handstand we push against an enormous amount of resistance with our body. 

It’s the same for our mind. By overcoming internal resistance, we increase our mental strength and stamina. So when your mind says ‘Stop, you’re not good enough!’ but you continue  anyway… that’s when you develop a long distance running mindset! It is exactly what we need at this moment – learning to deal with resistance.  We can build our will, our mind and overall stamina right now.

Love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep on watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.” John Lennon

Let’s nurture ourselves and each other in March!

We are all looking for the same thing at this moment: we want to be healthy, free and loved. While we would like to meet up in-person, feel connection and exchange energy, let’s  keep up the good work in supporting each other “by watering our plants” and looking after ourselves and others in these uncertain times.

It’s  nearly one year since the COVID crisis changed our lives.  The safety measures,  and the virus itself, have had a major impact on everyone. That includes yoga teachers and yoga schools. We are very grateful for all the Yoganesa members who decided to continue their subscriptions and who  support our work.

You are more than welcome to support us even more, for example:

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  • Purchase a new class card now to use later 

To encourage even more participation online, we’ve been creative and we’ve prepared some extra 3x 10 classes packages, a series of Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga and Pilates, which may be of interest for you or a friend. The packages can be ordered via links: 

Vinyasa Yoga https://withribbon.com/video/collection/3569/2919

Yin Yoga https://withribbon.com/video/collection/3569/2918

Pilates: https://withribbon.com/video/collection/3569/2954

Are you new to Yoganesa and want to start a practice?
We’ve created a package directed to everyone who wants to start a practice but has no experience. You start with a private class and then you continue with more confidence joining 10 classes via livestream for 130 euro. 

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Stay healthy!

With love,

Katri

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