Article by Sarvesh Shashi
Patience is often held as a high virtue. A moral principle that is either very hard to come by or a natural temperament that people are born with. In all actuality, patience can be honed, just like any other skill.
Anger and frustration are results of a well-meaning battle that we lose with patience. Some of us are lesser equipped with this necessary virtue than others, short temper, frustration, and inappropriate behaviour is something we have all faced in face of stress.
Practising patience on and off the mat is a large part of the Yogic philosophy. Patience brings balance to the mind and body allowing the individual to wade through situations and challenges at ease.
Our ability to be patient is tied to our emotional and mental state of mind. Something which can be explored through the flow of your yoga practice. The transition from one asana to another is just as important as holding and striking a pose. The slow flow between asanas builds awareness for the moment and honours its existence. Learning to take life as it flows, minute to minute is the greatest takeaway from a yoga practice.
Breathing, while holding a pose determines resilience and hardiness applicable to incidents in life that require as much flexibility, twists and turns as that yoga pose, you grapple to hold. Stability, be it in life or on the mat comes with patience, something which the quaintest of poses can teach you.
Your body is the reflection of nature itself, and being patient with yourself reflects in the brilliant resonance of all that is around you. A yoga practice earnestly instils this quality in you, on and off the mat.
Yoga is a great route to learn the art of patience, it will ground you, centre you a humble you in an effective way. Namaste!