I gotta say that yoga journalling is a powerful tool for self awareness and transformation. If you do any type of yoga, meditation or breath work, your yoga journal can open the door to new insights which can be a catalyst for change in your life. If you don't have a yoga practice, check out my YouTube channel the find a unique meditation that resonates with you. Here's the link to my YouTube channel: Sandra's YouTube.
Last week, locally, I started a new series of Kundalini Yoga classes on the theme of Prosperity, Success and Spirit (click the photo above if you want to try a simple meditation to raise your vibration to receive more abundance in your life). I've asked my students to keep a yoga journal and I'm looking forward to hearing about their experiences with this exercise. Was it a useful key to deepening their experience? I will let you know.
Keeping a journal specially for reflections on your daily yoga practice and on thoughts and questions that arise during and after practice can lead to profound insights about your life and your relationship with your self and others. It is a way of finding your true quiet inner voices of joy and certitude, as you wade through the loud inner voices of despair, grief, doubt.
Your journal can be a platform where you can respond to mental and physical challenges. Your journal can reflect the mat as a place to think through problems and pose questions to your spirit that will allow you to courageously go deeper into your inner life. Yoga journaling will help you work past the distracting noises of the world so that you can listen more closely to the voice deep inside you.
It's OK to doodle in your yoga journal if you feel the need, and it's OK to make it a multi-coloured canvas using different pen colours, lead pencil, charcoal, gel pens, coloured pencils, etc. It's OK to not know what to write and in that case just keep writing, "I don't know what to write."
Your soul speaks quietly. To enter that quiet space you first may need to write about the external noise you hear around you -- the sound of the traffic, the children, the TV, the fan or the furnace, the birds, the wind in the trees, the fly hitting against the window. Then progress beyond the sounds to the smells, the sights and the feelings they bring. Move onwards to the noisy voices inside. They too have a place in your yoga journal. Only then will you be able to hear the inner quiet voice of your soul.
Your journal lets you be yourself without the need for disguises. Emotions may arise as you write or during the physical or meditative aspect of your yoga practice. Your journal, like your mat, is a refuge, a place where you can let down your guard and discover who you truly are and where you can celebrate those discoveries.
And when you have finished writing for the day, either before or after your yoga practice, close the journal and sit with it a moment and render gratitude for the abundance that is in your life and for that which is surely coming to you.
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