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Yoga in Practice - Solutions for Negativity

Paul M. Jerard Jr.
Dec 4, 2007
Recognizing your own destiny, through self-realization, is a foundation of Yoga. We often hear terms such as: "I need time to get it together," or "I need to find myself." This is the beginning of self-realization and the recognition of a need to find solutions.

Now, what if you find your environment is full of negative energy and the source is a friend, spouse, roommate, partner, co-worker, parent, or child? Many people may tell you to leave this situation for your own health, but you are still drawn to this person because you care for him or her. It is easy for someone else to say, "Just leave," but this concerns your life and someone you love or care about.

Let's look at some realistic solutions for helping those we care about and our loved ones. For a start, find the true source of negative energy and make sure you are addressing it. It may be an outside influence, chemical addiction, or chemical imbalance. Professional counseling may be needed.

The outside influence could be another person with a very powerful, but negatively charged mind, which affects the person you see every day. All you see is the affect that personality has on the person you know, but you have not met the more powerful personality.

An example of this is a pessimistic person you know from work. One day, you meet his or her "significant other" at an office party, only to discover the significant other of your co-worker is completely toxic.

Sometimes, we are the source of negativity and do not realize it. Our "soul searching sessions" should give us a reality check, but negative personalities rarely reach full self-realization or transformation. Therefore, if you are trying to help, research and be completely sure of the source.

One method for releasing negative energy, from within, is to practice Yoga in classes. The person, who is negative, must want to change, and must stay in Yoga classes for this to work. Here's how participating in regular Yoga classes helps purge negative energy from the body, and mind, of anyone willing to go the distance.

The atmosphere of a Yoga studio, Yoga center, Ashram, or wellness center, is positive. Anyone who enters a Yoga class finds themselves immersed in optimism. Complete immersion in positive energy, and optimism, is hard to resist.

Some Yoga students often have histories of comebacks. These Yoga students have survived physical and mental hardships, when many people gave up on them. Without trying, the survivors in life become role models for all of us. Their will to survive is founded on a positive attitude.

On the other hand, a person who is a natural born pessimist may say, "That will never work." A negative person must see reality and have a sincere desire to better him or herself. It is true that none of us will change, unless we want to.

The motivation to change ourselves for the best must occur from within. Some people receive gifts of books, audio books, DVD's, and Yoga classes. The person, who sends these gifts, hopes the recipient will gain the benefits of all this positive energy.

It is easy to develop a "thick crust" and refuse help. To go off into a corner and refuse to change is quite natural for some of us. What can you do if a person has refused help? You can explain that negativity is the source of his or her isolation, but an outright refusal of help is an indication that you have done all you can, for the moment.

Copyright 2007 - Paul Jerard / Aura Publications
About the Author
Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500, is a co-owner and the director of Yoga teacher training at: Aura Wellness Center in, Attleboro, MA. He is an author of many books on the subject of Yoga and has been a certified Master Yoga teacher since 1995.

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