The Yoga is the Choice

The Yoga is the Choice

The Yoga is the Choice

I wrote a while back about the power of saying no, and said we owed finding our dream home in LA in large part to saying no to everything that wasn’t IT.  Some people replied saying they appreciated the reminder that we must say no to what is NOT our heart’s desire, to make it possible for the universe to offer what we do want.

But what about if we have two heart’s desires?  What if we have a really great thing and another really great thing to choose from?

While I don’t believe there is a “right answer”, ie, this is what I was “supposed” to choose as if the script of our lives were already written – I have learned we can use yoga to make the choices that will produce results that will feel good.

For instance.  I love teaching Mom + Baby.  And I love training teachers.  But this month, I felt I had to choose.  Our Ma Yoga Certification program is starting up again, and I am re-vamping the Mom Yoga weekend with a deeper dive into what it means to connect, align, and strengthen the core. This means info graphics! Videos!! Yikes. And there are only so many daytime hours before my daughter’s out of school.

For a while I’ve been going with the flow, allowing things to be, and accepting.  But the results were not feeling good – I was feeling frenzied and starting to get resentful of anything taking my time that was preventing me from working on my teacher training program.

And in one little moment (I was driving, of course) I remembered: either we are making a choice subconsciously, or consciously.  The yoga is making a choice from Consciousness.

What is Consciousness?  It’s been described as having the qualities of our highest Self, just in bigger form – such as freedom, power, and playfulness.  So coming from the space within ourselves where we feel these qualities is as close as we can get.

Here are 2 easy steps to making your choices Consciously this week, Mama:

1. What would you do if you had all the time, money, and resources in the world?

2. Then, look at your time, money, and resources, and refine.

So when I am working with moms looking for a career change, I have her do this among many other conscious choice exercises: what would you be doing this week if you had all the time in the world? Traveling, writing, re-doing your bathroom?

Then, write down 5 things you like about your choice.

Finally, looking at your time, money and resources, refine your list into the next steps that will still result in what you want.  Ie, I can’t pay to travel to the Italian Riviera, but maybe I can get a business to support my going to their resort in Ojai by writing about my experience.  Or, if I find 3 people who will let me re-do their bathroom for them, I can afford childcare long enough to re-tile mine.

Of course, most of the time we’re making smaller choices.

Like what should I do for the next 30 minutes?

Pause.  Breathe.  Ask yourself: if I had all the time in the world.. money… resources… I would take a nap. Do some yoga. Start my book.

Then, look at what you’ve got. And maybe, mama, just maybe, you will discover that you have all you need to get the results you truly want today.

Me, I’m going to be working on creating a Teacher Training booklet I can hand out this month, and not teaching the Mom + Baby class.  If I had all the time in the world, I would do both.  But I have to choose one at this time in order to get the results I want.  I will miss YOU, which I know will make it all the sweeter when I return.

For now, please know that I am choosing from freedom, power and playfulness this week – and I hope this provides a little inspiration for you to do the same!


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About the Author:

Jessica Jennings, MS, ERYT, RPYT, founded Ma Yoga®in 2009. She's passionate about providing support, guidance and inspiration for moms and moms-to-be through yoga, nurturing practices, and healthy living. Jessica and all the Ma Yoga teachers are so excited to have you in the Ma Yoga Zoom Room!