By Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Granted, we can add the essential components of positive psychology principles into our Yoga practice. To that end, we will significantly enhance the beneficial aspects of both disciplines. Undoubtedly, one of the primary components of positive psychology is self-knowledge. Of course, knowing oneself sounds easy on the surface, but how many people invest their time in looking within? Despite the number of Yoga practitioners, the pursuit of self-knowledge is essential to one style. Nevertheless, self-knowledge is a significant component of Jnana Yoga.
In general, self-knowledge is one of the beginning points for identifying the core life values of an individual. Firstly, as you engage in positive psychology, you may want to ask yourself, “what do I truly hold dear to my heart and why?” Answering oneself is difficult because you can’t evade the question. Secondly, ask yourself, “What is my natural code of ethics?” In effect, you are challenging yourself while finding solutions to improve your character. Finally, ask yourself, “Given the opportunity, what would I like to contribute to my family, friends, and community?” Since each of these questions is deep, you might not have instant answers. I hope you enjoy this exercise, but I realize self-inquiry can be difficult.
In Search of Happiness
These are some of the questions you may ask yourself as you begin a process of self-inquiry and positive psychology to gain self-knowledge about your unique talents and skills. You may also want to consider what makes your heart sing. What makes you truly happy and fulfilled? You may love to write, draw, dance, or teach Yoga. You may also love to spend time in nature, or you may be the happiest when you volunteer to help those who are less fortunate.
Inspiration is good for the purpose of creativity. As long as one uses strengths, positive psychology is enhanced. Here’s an example: A charity needs your help. However, you do not want to volunteer for telephone sales at a fundraiser. Notably, your talent is in your ability to draw. In this case, you could offer to donate artistic services to a charity that needs help. As a result, you produce beautiful signs, instead of giving a half-hearted effort for telephone sales.
While practicing Yoga poses, students focus on a variety of thoughts. Some may be concentrating on their alignment. Furthermore, some students might be thinking about the next task after class. Teachers often help students with alignment, but a few rare mention witnessing. While practicing positive psychology and Yoga, we see our thoughts. Unlike meditation practice, witnessing doesn’t come easy when practicing Yoga poses.
Food for Thought
A Yogic lifestyle and positive psychology is powerful combination. This lifestyle enables a practitioner to channel energy in positive ways with steady practice. Many people prevent their happiness by investing too much time in self-criticism for past mistakes. We can dwell on past mistakes by all means, but the solution is what we do as a result.
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3 thoughts on “Positive Psychology for Yoga Practice – Self-Knowledge”
A Yogic lifestyle and positive psychology is a powerful combination, which enables a practitioner to channel energy in a positive way. Thanks for sharing this informative article!
Well, this is a great article! I really want improvements from positive psychology and yoga. I’m coping with severe memory loss. My doctors recommend yoga. It appears, I’m gaining some mental benefits of mindfulness and happiness from yoga. The purpose, passion and meaning of yoga is deeper than most people know. I thank all of you at Aura for the information you continuously publish. Namaste!