Yoga: A Key to Mental Health? with keynote speaker Lisa Kaley-Isley, PhD, E-RYT-500

Out of all the things we see and hear everyday, all the things our teachers say, there are some things that particularly stick with us. It’s the way our minds work; they store everything but we only remain conscious of some things. It seems to me we particularly hold onto things that either challenge us the most, or resonate the most with how we already see ourselves. In all the positive things a person says you might just hear the negative, or vice versa. READ MORE

The memory that arose for me today was one that resonates in a positive way. I’ve just finished my PowerPoint presentation slides for my keynote address at the upcoming Yoga: A Key to Mental Health? conference I am feeling a mixture of elation, relief and the urge to edit them some more. If you want to see how they turn out, join us 7 and 8 March at SoAS using the YOGACAMPUS10 code for a 10% discount.

The memory is of my teacher Pandit Rajmani Tigunait saying what our responsibilities are in life. What I remember is:
1. Honor the yogis and people in your life who have come before you studying, practicing, and learning all they can, who have passed that knowledge on to you. Be grateful and recognise their contributions to your own growth and development.
2. Study, practice and learn all that you can. Learning and growing from our experience is why we are here.
3. Pass on all that you learn. Share your knowledge with others in order to continually advance the level of knowledge on the planet.

I like that. I do it regularly. Before I teach class, see a yoga therapy client, begin my own practice, and before I get out of bed in the morning, I mentally connect to, remember, and thank my teachers for the gifts of knowledge they have given to me. Feeling enriched and grateful does great things for my mood. I don’t feel alone, I feel supported, and I feel more confident that I have what I need to give back to others. I may know just enough, but that’s hopefully enough.

I also take seriously the charge to continue to learn. That one comes easily to me. I confess I a am a perennial student and seeker. The yogic path is a good fit for me. One of the best side effects for me of teaching is that it gives me a further impetus to keep learning. Before I sat down to write the first presentation slide, I opened up the books. I get lost in reading. I get excited reading. For a while it makes it very hard for me to write. Before I can pass the information on, I’ve got to integrate it into me. Once I start writing, there is a long process of editing. It’s my personal process of getting clear, getting to essence, finding my own way to say what’s been said before, and perhaps add something more. After I finished writing the last slide and sent it off, I started to clean up the liter of notes and books strewn about me. There was quite a pile. Good times.

If you are curious or struggling or otherwise motivated to learn more about how yoga can help with mental health, I’ll be sharing a few ideas very soon at the Yoga: A Key to Mental Health? conference.

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