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Yogic Self-Discipline and a Balanced Life

One of the yogic principles of conduct is self-discipline. But what does that mean? Does it mean having a daily practice, does it mean having self-control in your daily interactions, being disciplined in terms of work and organization? And when does self-discipline turn into rigidity?

Yoga is about being flexible in not just body but mind as well. If we let our self-discipline turn into a rigid practice then we are no longer practicing in a yogic way. Which means, we need balance!

How do you find balance in your life? How do you have self-discipline without getting stuck in rigid patterns?

One of the ways I do this is to take breaks and to use those breaks to do something I enjoy. Do you often work through your lunch? Research shows productivity increases when employees take breaks. So give yourself your lunch time to eat and relax and then go back into your work feeling refreshed. Also, use your weekends for enjoyable activities. It's easy to let your weekends be the time you can focus on housework and errands but bring some balance in and go to the movies or read a book as well.

Do you feel guilty when you take time for yourself? If so, you may want to use self-discipline in order to dive into self-reflection and figure out why that is. Do you tell others in your life they are selfish if they take time for themselves? I bet you don't. So what makes you the exception? Give yourself permission to have some balance in your life and then you'll have more energy when you go all of the other things you believe you should be doing.

Does this idea of balance or taking time for yourself strike a chord with you? Is doing self-introspection alone not enough? Call me!