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Changing the clocks... impermanence and change

Updated: Apr 5

I always think that changing the clocks can act as a very useful reminder about impermanence and change.

Change is a fundamental aspect of life. When the clocks go back in the UK, we are reminded of the cyclical nature of time and the inevitability of change. This seasonal shift serves as an excellent opportunity to reflect on the concept of change and how practices such as yoga can support us in embracing it.

Change can be daunting for all of us, whether it's a shift in the seasons, moving home, a new job or having to live with a different set of circumstances. However, the practice of yoga offers valuable lessons and tools to help us navigate change with grace and resilience.

  1. Mindfulness and Presence: In our practise, we aim to be present in the moment. When we focus on our breath and body during practice, we cultivate mindfulness. This mindfulness can be carried off the mat, helping us stay rooted in the present during times of change. Instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, we can learn to appreciate the beauty of the present moment.

  2. Adaptability: Yoga encourages flexibility, both in body and mind. Just as we move through different postures in a yoga class, life requires us to adapt to new situations. By practicing regularly we become more physically and mentally flexible, making it easier to adjust to the unexpected twists and turns that change can bring.

  3. Stress Reduction: Change often comes with stress and anxiety. There is a great deal of research that shows that Yoga has stress-reducing benefits and many practices to support the reduction of the symptoms of anxiety. Breathing practices, meditation, and asanas (yoga postures) all can help to calm and balance out our nervous system, enabling us to manage the stress that change may bring.

  4. Resilience: Our practise teaches us to persevere through challenging postures. Similarly, in life, change can be challenging. However, the resilience we build in yoga classes can be applied to real-life situations. It empowers us to bounce back from setbacks and view change as an opportunity for growth.

  5. Letting Go: In our practise we learn to release tension, utilising the breath particularly to help us here. When facing change, there are often things we must let go of, whether it's old habits, outdated beliefs, or fear of the unknown. Our practise can support us in the art of letting go, as I have shared in a previous blog post, making the process of change more manageable.

  6. Self-Discovery: Through a regular practise, we embark on a journey of self-discovery. We become more in tune with our bodies, emotions, and who we really are. This self-awareness is a powerful tool for embracing change because it helps us understand our own needs and priorities.

  7. Community and Support: The yoga community can provide a sense of belonging and support during times of change. Practicing in a class / group setting (either in person or online) can be a source of encouragement, motivation, and understanding, reminding us that we are not alone in our experiences of change.

As the clocks go back in the UK and we witness the changing seasons, let us embrace this reminder of the constant flow of time and the inevitability of change. By incorporating yoga into our lives, we can develop the skills and mindset necessary to not only accept change but to thrive in its presence. Change may be constant, but with our regular yoga practise, we can face it with open hearts and open minds, ready to evolve and grow with every new phase of life. So, step onto your mat, breathe, and let the wisdom of this ancient practise guide you through the ever-changing landscape of your journey.

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