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You’d never know it from the face of popular yoga. But there are some incredible superpowers yoga can give you. These have nothing to do with a perfect handstand or scorpion pose.
Beyond the acrobatic spectacle of yoga today are 4 things you never knew yoga could do for you. I like to think of these as Yoga Superpowers.
The unknown superpowers yoga can give you:
Focus. Core inner strength. Balance. Joy.
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Forget the myth of uber-flexibility and moves that look like you are flying in space. Though those can be cool, they aren’t actually the most profound boons of yoga. This is a deep practice.
The cultivation of these superpowers takes time, commitment and practice. But be sure- if you practice, even a little bit – powers such as these will continue to develop.
“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”
From author of Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda.
1. Focus. (Drishti)
One of yoga’s lesser known superpowers is Focus. Yoga gives great things to focus on as well as tools for how to cultivate focus. The sanskrit term for a focused gaze isdrishti.
When I came to yoga my drishti was on the next high. What could make me feel good from the outside? The next party, the next relationship conquest.
I wanted people to fall in love with me so bad so I could prove to my unbelieving self that I was lovable. I was good at this game. It provided a captivating trap. My drishti focus was outward. Untrained. Wild and all over the place.
One fine saturday morning I peeled myself out of bed after clubbing all night and rolled into a meditation sit. I Sat. Hung over. Exhausted. Energy all over the place.
But I sat. And I finally stopped running.
All of a sudden, my drishti was on what was right inside me. My thoughts. My feelings. My body sensations. I sat and sat. And to be honest, I napped. And then sat some more.
This was the beginning of the yogic of training my focus.
I stopped spreading my energy around so wantonly. Started harnessing it in practice. I was able to see and release a lot of the desires that were driving my actions. I started to feel peace. Joy.
This was about 15 years ago. I still work on harnessing my focus every day.
In a yoga pose, drishti is as simple as where we place our gaze. In life, it’s where we place our energy. Watch it and watch your superpowers of focus improve.
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