:When we asked beginner’s what their biggest obstacles to learning yoga was many of them answered focus. Laura says, I’m a beginner among beginners and my big huge stumbling block is staying focused! My mind always runs to other thoughts while I’m practising. Kerri says, I think my biggest challenge is slowing my mind. Krystee says staying present is my biggest roadblock.
We live in a culture of information overload. We are encouraged to do more than one thing at time. In fact research has shown that multitasking is actually detrimental to focus. It takes twice as long to complete a task and dramatically increases the errors.
When are minds are overloaded with information, we actually begin to mentally shut down and filter parts out, sounds and visuals when we become overloaded in social situations and mentally we filter out blind spots in text. We even miss major changes in patterns when we are overloaded with information. And we are multi tasking and overstimulated, 48 % of our screen time is spent engaging in simultaneous activities. (Close those extraneous browsers right now!)
Focus allows us to have a central point of attention for our activity. It allows us to choose what we are giving deliberate thoughtfulness to. In a world of so much possibility, this takes discernment. This becomes a mental practice more than a physical practice and we can train our minds to be mindful of where our attention goes.
This past week we went to visit a Raptors Sanctuary in Cowachin Valley on Vancouver Island in BC. It was amazing to observe the Eagles a symbol of focus there. Later that week, Tim and I saw a bald eagle playing with a model airplane at an airpark. It was so fun to observe the focus and curious nature of the bald eagle as he chased the model airplane around the park, focused on this toy plane.
In yoga this is called drishti which means view or gaze is something that you can use during your yoga practice to focus and provide a deeper level of concentration. You can focus on your breath or the sensations in your body. When you begin to direct your focus, your attention moves away from the distractions of the external world and your attention draws inwards and helps to still your mind.
Resource on Information Overload
Yoga Postures/Asanas: Guided Relaxation, Bridge Pose or Setu Bandhasana, Keyhole Stretch or Figure Four Stretch, Cat Pose or Marjaryasana, Sitting in easy pose with Gyan Mudra for Focus, Utkatasana or Chair Pose, Eagle pose or Garudasana, Legs up the Wall or Viparita Karani, Upavistha Konasana or Wide Legged Seated Forward Fold, Savasana or Corpse Pose, Thank you for your Support
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