LIVING YOGA PHILOSOPHY
– WITH EMMA PALMER
PRATIPAKSA BHAVANAM: YOGIC CBT
“Once you begin to understand and truly master your thoughts and feelings, that’s when you see how you create your own reality” – Marci Shimoff
Our inner dialogue is the seed from which much of the reality we ultimately create and experience takes shape – giving rise to our emotional responses and powerfully influencing our perceptions of self, others and the world around us. According to the latest research, we have anywhere between 12,000 – 77,000 thoughts per day, with most of these being repetitious. Findings have suggested around 80% of these thoughts to be negative, prompting further studies to illustrate the significant impact of this on the way we live and our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
This research demonstrates that negative thoughts and emotions lead to a chronicity of the stress response, reduce endorphin production, contribute to enervation (an experience of little or no energy) and trigger cellular changes in the digestive, immune, reproductive and cardiovascular systems. According to the American Medical Association, the resulting emotional responses such as stress and anxiety now contribute to 80% of all health issues; further supported by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention whose studies indicate up to 85% of all diseases appear to have an emotional component.
What if it were possible to not only attain a greater awareness of our internal dialogue, but to transform the nature of these thoughts in the moment they arise? In Western psychology, this concept forms the basis of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or CBT), yet this same understanding appears as early as 500BC in the form of Pātañjali’s Yoga Sūtra 2.33! Pratipakṣa Bhāvanām guides us to the insight that through the practice of mindfulness we can become aware of every negative, disempowering or disturbing thought, and are granted the ability to instantly replace it with one that serves us far better.
When this practice of mindfulness is adopted consistently we have the capacity to take charge of the very fabric of our thinking and change the way we ultimately experience every aspect of our life. In our first Living Yoga Philosophy class for 2019, Emma will explore how we can bring the teachings of this Sūtra to life as a pathway for attaining liberation from our own self-imposed suffering.
BRING YOUR YOGA TO LIFE
Date: Wednesday 27 February
Time: 6pm – 7:15pm
Venue: Moksha Yoga – 437A Centre Road, Bentleigh 3204
Standard Yoga Class prices apply – simply use your Moksha Block Pass/Unlimited Membership or $25 casual drop-in. See our Full Schedule & Price List for more pricing information and to book your place online, give us a call on (03) 9557 5885 or email us – firstname.lastname@example.org