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What does tidying up have to do with yoga?

Tickets Yoga Masterclass Laura Burkhart (author for Yogajournal)

Inspired by the immensely popular Marie Kondo-the most spacious guru of the moment-this blog was created. This Japanese sold over 4 million books worldwide about this phenomenon. Tyding up Your life. Strange? Certainly not. People turn out to be collectors of stuff. Lots of stuff. We attach ourselves to material things, but also to memories and experiences >> As is taught in yoga.

1. The ‘ problem ‘
As already mentioned, people really like to attach themselves to stuff. We are collectors. From makeup samples to old magazines, clothing, textbooks, notes of studies, garden sets, bags, cushions… The list is long. Why do we stick to stuff we don’t use daily? And in many cases, stuff we haven’t touched in a whole year.. Ballast that we carry with us, for which we do not know the use. Except that it is a ‘ great concern ‘, which comes back every day. Tidying up all that stuff. In Yoga it is taught that we also cling to memories, emotions, (anxiety) feelings and trauma. A yoga teacher of mine once gave the example of a person who suffered from chronic back pain for years. The pain was so well known that he had become attached/accustomed to it. Not by having this habituation, in the way of healing. Attaching to fears, which may not be more real, is also such an example. A sad end to love does not have to mean that it is not destined for you. You attach to the idea and the fear of repetition. So you can no longer be ‘ free ‘ in life. And these anxiety feelings can be experienced as burden. Yoga practice makes ‘ clean ship ‘ by means of breathing exercises, meditation and the yoga postures. And no, this is not to say that it is only an act. Yoga practice can be confrontational, it is not a panacea and it needs attention, time and your full consciousness. And take notice of the fact, these three things are exactly the most important pillars in the tidying up method of Marie Kondo.

 

2. What is important to you?
Well, what is important to you? Often we name lots of things that we find important. And, and, and…. But there is only 24 hours in a day. of which one-third is intended for night sleep. Which leaves us with16 hours a day to live a valuable life, without noise, with our important themes in live. How is it that there is so much frustration about clutter, overcrowded laundry baskets, dirty sinks and an overcrowded attic/garage, which may have been a source of annoyance for years. It’s called in living in the moment. We are constantly working on things in the past or things in the future (when everything ‘ is going to be just fine ‘). The approach of Marie Kondo, the ‘ KonMari ‘ method, mirrors this very nicely. Where do you become happy? Are you really happy with the stuff you kept year in year out? By making that clear, your life becomes much lighter. And you live a lot more in the moment. The similarity with yoga is striking.

‘ Your living space affects your body ‘

-Marie Kondo-

3. Making Choices
be strict to yourself. And think deeply about what you need. That’s pretty tricky, because you need all the collected. Justifying this, is a very easy minded * ck. Because, because, because…. I always notice it on holiday. That you need to ‘ do it ‘ with the stuff you have with you. And that this crazy enough creates a sense of calm. One pair of leather sandals. Okay, fine! No choice time. No hair dryer, also fine. Then just put your hair in a ponytail. ‘ Hej, that’s pretty nice! ‘ No choice time. Just go with the flow. Life can be very simple, if you live in the moment. And you don’t chain yourself to all kinds of habits. Or, to make the equation complete again: ‘ Chaining yourself to all kinds of stuff ‘.

4. The beauty of the moment
The beauty of the moment therefore gives sense of calm. That might be easier said than done. We hate the dirty laundry, which seems to be no end to. And what about the ‘ dry laundry ‘. All the stuff we buy, which should get another (according to the KonMari method) fixed place per category. This happens in nine-of-ten cases not. Gratitude is the key word. When we mindful the tidy up operations (after reorganization), it creates ‘ the moment ‘, for which we are grateful. No frustration, dislike and inability. More peace, balance, energy and time. And doesn’t anyone want more time? Time to do fun, important things for us? Yes. With yoga it works the same way, attention, patience to create space in body and mind, so that you receive space, clarity and transparency in your life. The rut disappears, which creates new energy.

5. Respect for ‘ Your house ‘
A nicer metaphor is impossible to imagine. Respect your house is of course in the Yoga translation: respect your body. Don’t cross borders. Keep your body clean, inside and out. By practicing yoga, but also by finding a balance in what you take to you. Also here the salient comparison with clutter in your home. Keep your house organized and clean. With attention and awareness. And this is a very familiar one: an ever-tidy house, gives a tidy mind. And obviously, this makes room for the purity of life.