Posted on July 16th, 2016
Long recoveries can be extremely disheartening. Many physical activities that provide happiness are suddenly put on hold. I had no idea the day of the injury how long it would be until I could do yoga again. Not being able to practice for such an extensive time period definitely instills a new sense of gratitude and appreciation for your body for when you do get to return back to your normal routine.
Even though asana is on hold, there are still forms of yoga that can be practiced. In the Western world we have come to view asana as yoga, however, yoga is much greater than that and asana is only a small portion of the teachings.
Jnana Yoga is the cultivation of wisdom, intelligence and intuition. It is expanding the mind to study all topics, not just yoga. It includes regular reading and self-study to gain a deeper understanding of who we are and how we can change bad conditioning habits.
As individuals we have a responsibility to fuel our minds with wisdom. Don’t limit your perspective to only your life experiences! Too many people speak without knowing. With modern technology we have access to so many sources to read and learn the truth. An opinion should only be formulated after research from non-biased sources. While the news is often extremely depressing, we should know what is going on in the world. All of humanity shares this planet. The world needs more light and love. When tragedies happen we have a responsibility to send as much good energy to those suffering. How can we do this if we aren’t taking the time to tune into what is going on around us?
Each day presents an opportunity to learn something new and expand knowledge. While recovery limits you from physical activity, there is no limitation to learn a new language, discover new music, read science and learn about different cultures and ways of life. Use this time to explore something completely different than your normal routine. If your job entails math then it could be fun to explore screenplay or creative writing. If your job keeps you cooped up at an office desk, use this time to learn about plants and herbs and what best would grow in your climate. Gardening is very grounding and it might be a new passion to start when you’re mobile again.
Some of the Jnana yoga that I’ve been practicing is brushing up on my geography skills, reading books at the library, reading the Gita, and, of course, meditation to check in with myself to continue growing throughout the struggle. Recovery is the time to put the mind to work! Truly make your comeback the absolute best that it could be!
Below is a song by Biffy Clyro that I’ve been listening to while I do Jnana Yoga. Really keeps me engaged and my focus strong. Hope you enjoy!