A YOGI CHA BLOG
Hi, I’m Charlotte (Yogi Cha). I’m a yoga teacher with a degree in clinical psychology. I’ve always had a deep curiosity toward eastern and western approaches to understanding the mind, and the ming/body union. You’ll find me in the lovely Canggu Bali, nestled amongst coconuts, palm trees and sunshine 🥥🌴🌞
New year’s advice: BECOME RADICALLY HONEST
We struggle in life to improve ourselves. Constantly. We don’t understand why we’re not getting “there”. To the goal.
The reason is that most of the time the INTENTION behind our actions is different to what we want it to be.
This is how we work: we see the world through filters that we can call “BELIEFS”. It is the understanding we have of what is around us and inside of us that dictates the actions we take.
If we become ill,
if we’re out of whack,
if we’re out of balance
…it means that somewhere along the way, our actions weren’t aligned with our needs.
In order to benefit from what ever we take on, we need to be in the right disposition for it.
If we want to heal when we are sick, we need to experience the opposite to the sickness. If we are sick because we are pushing without listening to what we need, we need to stop and allow for restoration to happen in order to heal.
This means that if I want to change the way my body looks but that I’m draining myself by overdoing exercise or starving myself by not eating, or simply stuffing myself when I really don’t feel joy while eating:
I need to become aware of this behaviour, why I’m doing it, before I can change it.
It’s hard to do because we have been so conditioned to not really listen to our needs but more take external advice as truth. So we don’t really trust ourselves.
By creating a routine, you address your nervous system and train it to become steady and strong. By keeping a calm position in any situation, you are not only allowing yourself to deal with it properly (ie coming from a non defensive place) but also you are keeping your organism in it’s most efficient and healthy disposition.
Our brain has an amazing capacity and only in recent years did we discover the biology behind what yogis have always known about routine. Neuroplasticity is a strange new word that basically means that the brain changes in response to experience. It processes a lot of data and to rewire the process is how we change patterns. It goes by two principles : what fires together, wires together and what isn’t used, will be sorted out of the data.
You are constantly writing the blueprint of your neural circuitry through your daily routines and rituals. So imagine what neural connections you will change if you spend your day in gratitude instead of frustration? There are no known limits to how we can affect the way our brains are wired up.
This is the base to THE SELF IMAGE PROJECT, my online course in three parts.
- understand the way the mind functions, how you came to be who you are
- Get a clearer understanding on why in adult life you react the way you do
- Receive the tools to rewire for new habits
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