One thing I have learned since I started with yoga is to listen to my body. Listen to the signals and try to figure out what it (me of course, I´m a part of my body ☺…) is trying to tell me. That has been a learning process during the years, it didn´t happen overnight. The body has an amazing potential of sending you signals when something is not right or telling you your needs. You just have to listen to the signals and feel what is going on. This also of course has to do with listen to your inner voice and also having some knowledge about your body, emotions and external impacts like food, lifestyle etc. “Easy” right?
A couple of days ago I all of a sudden woke up with a terrible cold. I have not had that for some years. And at the same time my IBS showed up a couple of times. Something was “wrong”. Maybe that’s not a big deal having a cold, but what came up in my mind automatically was a kind of analyzing mode, especially since other symptoms started to show up at the same time: “So, what´s up now? Why does this come to me right now? Is there any reasons why it is happening now and is there anything I can learn from this?” So I started to think what has happened lately. If my diet maybe could have been better, my exercising have been too poor, spending too little time with my inner self, doing things I didn´t want to do etc. “Ok, so I got a little too brave in my diet, ate stuff that was not good for me, it probably made my immune system weaker my intestine going nuts, I thought I could handle it. Now I know I should be more careful what I eat...I did things that I in my heart really didn´t want to do, nothing big just saying yes instead of no a couple of times, instead of following my inner voice and feelings and act after that. Next time I will listen to my inner voice more carefully and follow it. Or maybe I needed some time off to rest so I got this cold ☺.” Ok, analyzing mode: off.
And here comes an important thing in this analyzing mode: not to judge myself for it! It´s so easy to do this, when you start to think about what your actions have caused, especially if you are on a healing journey, a spiritual journey or another personal journey of some sort. But life is like this: not a straight road to the goal you want to reach. It can be a bumpy road, which goes up, down, back and forth. Slowly, fast or all of a sudden stops. I try to learn from the signals my body is sending me instead of blaming myself. Blaming and guilt is not a part of sending positive signals to yourself and does not help in your healing process. (Unless you learn something from them of course…)
For me it is all connected. Your emotions affect your body and mind. Your lifestyle including food, exercise, social activities, spiritual practice and stress management etc affect your body and mind.
The best way to be able to listen to your body´s signals or your inner voice is to be in a relaxed state or/and in silence. It is so easy to forget to include this in the daily life. But I think it´s important to stop and go inwards for a while and become aware of your body, feelings and thoughts. That´s a good start in a healing process. How you do is of course personal, the important thing is that you do it. And at the same time you´ll also have other health benefits doing this! There are many ways to do that and here are some suggestions you can try:
There are so many things you can do to become in that relaxed state, just use your creativity and imagination. The important thing is to take the time to do it.
Be gentle with yourself. Don´t judge your actions, learn from them. Listen to your inner voice and the signals your body sends to you. Observe what your body is telling you and do things that help you in your healing process. Take care of yourself.
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”