Yoga Therapy Course – Heal Yourself
I have always done Yoga. I can´t even tell you when the first time was. Nor why I started it. But I am so glad I did. It has much such a great help with handling tinnitus.
It has not reduced my ear ringing, but it has helped me to cope better!
There are so many online classes, so I almost never went to a class. Then in 2011 I went to my first class and loved it.
I neverpracticed Yoga veryregularily. It was just something I did whenever I found time.
I loved the classes that worked with the muscular energy, that were more Power Yoga than anything else. It was more a workout for me. A workout that also doubled as a streching class.
Discovering Yoga as more than a workout
The last two years I have done yoga pretty regular. Usually everyday. I used videos on Youtube. I usually cut out the first few minutes and the last few minutes. I didn´t like the part when the teacher talked about intentions and what not. The last part was just complete non-sense for me, as it was just laying on the floor.
For me a Yoga class felt good when I was sweaty afterwards and felt like I had gotten my workout in. If I did a slow class, then I usually was disppoited at the end and added a weight-loss class as those are usually a little faster.
As I did a 30-Day-Challange with Yoga With Adriene I realised it was about more. I knew it was about the body and mind connection, but I realised what it was really about and that I could connect it with my meditation practice.
Through that challange I got a little deeper into what yoga means and that I could use it for my self-discovery journey. That yoga was about finding my inner self, about getting peace and about being mindful.
So I did a free courseonedX, TheScience and PRactice of Yoga. The course was super interessting, I felt like I got the inside scoop. The behind the sceens of yoga. What yoga was good for, why yoga was invented and how to use it effectivly.
I was hooked.
So I signed up to this Yoga Therapy Course! It was a 100 hour teacher training, focused on the therapy part.
First I had to get used to the fact that you are basially in a group all the time. Tosleep in a sharedroom, tohavedesignatedhoursforeverything….and havingto be social allthe time made me feelincredibleinsecure.
I hadn´t really realized how anti-social I had become. I mean I knew it, a little. But there it hit me right in the face. Being in a group all the time just really overwhelmed me. I felt trapped.
My first instinct was to flee. I wanted to be free, to be alone . . . not having to face people all the time.
And I wondered why?
I think a lot of it has to do with having to concentrate a lot to be able to understand everyone and to not feel overwhelmed with all those noises a group brings with it. Also with new people I always feel a little insecure about outing myself as not being able to understand or not being able to stand loud noises.
Once I let go of that fear it became easier. I just didn’t try to understand everything anymore and my stresslevel went down.
Also it seems like in the course I was always afraid to not have heard something I was supposed to hear….but, so what?! I am sure in school I didn´t hear everything the teacher said and it turned out just fine. Sounds ignorant – but this is what I came up with and what helped me to let go of stressing about the classes too much.
Once I got that sorted I finally could enjoy the course. I felt like a nutcase going through so much emotionally and mentally just for taking part in a course. Then I told myself that these are just situations I haven´t exposed myself to in a long time and now this was basically something new or something I haven´t experienced in a long time. And it was good to get out there, but it took a lot of courage and a lot of effort to do so.
Of course I got super nostalgic and missed those times when I became part of a new group and just loved it! I loved to get to know new people and loved to be in a group. STOP! I tried to just not live in the past, but to live in the present moment and to accept my current situation – to do the best I could in that moment.
Besides my personal lesson what did I learn?
I already wrote an article about the chakras – an information which I absolutely loved! Read more about it here: https://thetinnituslife.com/2018/03/03/chakra-healing-to-heal-your-tinnitus/
We did of course as it was yoga therapy a lot about anatomy, and how to heal injuries or how to adjust postures when having certain injuries. That was very informative and helpful for my own injuries.
We also talked about the Ayurveda – about the doshas. How in the ayurvedic way the body and its characteristics are explained.
Then one thing that was really interesting to me was Yoga Philosophy and the Yogi way of life. I think here lays also the reason why yoga makes me feel good. Why yoga has such a great effect on my life and why it has become so important for me in order to deal with my tinnitus.
Yoga was a form for the monks to calm themselves down before they meditated, it was a way to move their body energy and to get rid of power they didn´t need to be able to sit for a long period of time to mediate.
But it is about more than that.
It is about looking into the deeper dimensions of the body, mind and spirit.
You can already see it, as Yoga consists of 8 different parts, this is the System of Yoga called Asthanga.
Yamas – Discipline
Niyama – Observance
Asanas – Postures
Prayanama – Control of the breath
Pratyahara – Abstraction of the senses
Dharana – Concentration of the mind
Dhyana – Meditation
Samadhhi: Spiritual absorption
Clearly there a different teachings and forms of Yoga, especially later on there were more and more Types added on. This one was formed by Patanjali about 5,000 years ago.
At the beginning we talked about the different bodies.
We have of course the conscious body, the life we are all completely aware of. That is our physical body. It´s elements are fire, water, earth, air and ether. Then there is the subtle body, is basically consist of 19 elements. The first 5 of those elements are our organs of action, which are the mouth, feet, hands, organs of excretion and organs of procreation. The organs of action can only receive commands from the mind, but not send information to the mind. It further consists of the 5 organs of knowledge, the ear, skin, eyes, nose and tongue. Our senses, they are important to acquire knowledge from the world. These are organs of perception and they can communicate with the mind. The 5 pranas are also part of this body: Vyana, Udana, Prana, Samaa and Apana. Vyana is the whole body, Udana in the throat and head area, Prana is in the area of the breat, Samana in the area of the stomach and Aana in the abdominal and pelvic area. The prana are refered to as energy or as life energy. The subtle body gets completed by the mind, intellect, subconscious mind and the ego. Then there is the causal body, it´s basically the true soul. It is eternity, knowledge and joy.
We are a combination of those three bodies and react and act with everything influencing those three bodies. It would be best to be aware of those influences and for example not to identify ourselves with our ego.
This is one of the goals of yoga. To reach supreme consciousness. To see and live bliss, love, beauty and peace in every situation.
According to their beliefs our souls are part of the surprime consciousness and we get to choose if we want to stay aware of it or if we want to life a lifelong drama based on karma.
The goal is to align to that universal consciousness in order to experience joy, freedom and full consciousness. Yoga tries to help us to become aware of who we truly are and to see our true identity, to find our purpose and our potential. Trying to inspire the mind to help with that rather than controlling the mind is one of the steps here.
Yoga means to stop trying to control, but to surrender and open up – to flow with life.
So Yoga is also about a higher level of awareness, a higher level of consciousness. Not about our physical body, the physical – material world. It goes a lot deeper. It can lead you to your inner self and to a much deeper experience of life!
I am still processing a lot of the information we were given.
I never considered myself as a very spiritual person, and a few years ago I would not have been ready to hear any of this. As am now back at home and trying to get the information sorted, I feel like some of it is sinking in. I do believe in different energies flowing in the body and that we are all looking for something. Trying to find our true self.
At the beginning it was a little too much for me, talking about the Divine, but now I see it as the universe. Connecting to myself and to the universe. That makes complete sense to me.
That is what I want, what I have been looking for.
So now, I want to practice more and more. Not just physical and muscular exercises. I want to reach that state of being totally connected with my true self. So I want to follow those eight steps of the yogic path and I want to practice different Pranayama exercises. Those breathing techniques that help you to bring more oxygen to the blood and brain and that helps to control the vital life energy.
“When the breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the breath is still, so is the mind still.” – Hatha Yoga Pradipika
I will let you know more about those calming breathing techniques in a further post!
Also of course connecting it with meditation is a crucial part, which I am working on also. It is not the easiest exercise I have done. But I am sure it will get better over time. I will let you know how it goes and what I am doing to improve.
Meditation brings inner awareness, a state of peacefulness. It is a state in which all fears, desires, negative and positive energy are left behind. It should become a crucial part of life such as eating and sleeping.
“The art of meditation lies in the balance between the efforts needed to sustain concentration and the detachment from all distractions.”
Not sure if this is something you can relate to or not, but even if you can´t . . . just try a yoga video or a yoga class. And feel what yoga is doing to you. Feel if you can sense a change in your behavior and the way you perceive things. It is a way to calm down, to quiet the mind and to be more aware of your surroundings, of the present moment. There are also many different yoga styles, so it is just a question of finding the right style and / or the right teacher for you.
Without too many expectations – give it a try! It has given me so much and has been and still is a big help to cope with tinnitus.