The Key To Going Deeper In Life (A Yoga Insight)

I just love the insights that can surface during yoga class!  The other day, I was trying to maneuver my way into some incredibly deep postures, when my teacher shared a story with us that had a pretty profound impact on me…  Not only did it shift my entire yoga practice, but it also gave me such an incredible insight into the true power of our minds…

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My teacher had been talking with a friend of hers who is an anesthesiologist… And what she has witnessed throughout her career is pretty unbelievable.  She said that when patients are under the effects of the anesthesia, they have the ability to move their limbs and their bodies without any resistance… And they can literally demonstrate the same level of flexibility as a young baby or an experienced yoga guru. 

Without the mind limiting or gripping movement, the patient’s bodies could naturally bend and twist in any direction.  And they experienced no pain or injury when they awoke because there was no resistance at all during movement…

As my teacher was telling us this story, she prompted us to start ‘relaxing’ into the difficult postures to just see what happens.  I noticed that as I was trying to get deeper into the posture, my body would tense up and get tighter because it was stretching beyond it’s normal capacity and it was quite uncomfortable.  But I consciously decided to relax into it and let go of any resisting or tension I was holding in my muscles…

Just as I did that, it felt like a new barrier had been crossed.  My body sank so much deeper into the pose than it ever has before… And any feeling of discomfort just melted away.  I was quite shocked at how deep I could really go without any pain when I just ‘let go’ of resisting.   

It’s amazing to see how much of a mind-body connection we really have.   Our bodies tense up when our minds are resisting… But when we just relax, let go, and let everything just flow naturally, we can experience a much greater depth and capacity for growth than ever before.

It is quite literally our minds that limit our power… If you truly believed that ANYTHING is possible, you would experience just that.  But all too often, we cut ourselves off from our inherent power because we tense up, we resist life and it’s challenges, and we fail to see that WE are the only ones holding us back in life.

You’ve probably heard the saying ‘What you resist persists’… Well, not only does more of what you DON’T WANT resurface again and again when you resist something, but you also completely block the flow of your potential power to create and manifest. 

Non -resistance is actually a spiritual practice that I’ve been applying to my own life for quite some time now.  When you resist something, you’re saying to yourself and to life, ‘this is not okay’.  And when something is not okay, there is struggle.  But if we can learn to just let go of our expectations and desire to control, we can become more of a conduit for life and let energy just flow through us.  Now, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t want to change an undesirable situation… It just means that in order to truly create change, we have to let go of resisting the situation first and focus more on the result we DO want.

The times in my life that I’ve felt the most empowered have been the times when I’ve just let go of my mind’s grip on life.  That’s when I naturally re-align with my internal power and let life’s natural flow live and operate through me.

When you resist something, you create tension and struggle… And that can either be in your body, such as in yoga, or in your life.  So I ask you, where are you resisting life right now?  Where are you experiencing tension, difficulty, or unhappiness?  And I encourage you to take some time and really reflect on those situations… What do you tell yourself about it?  Is this really the result you’d like to create for yourself?

The more we start to understand and tap into the power of our minds, the more we can shift our entire lives and current situations around in an instant.  But first, we have to let go of our own resistance.  Accept where you are at in your life right now and know that that’s exactly where you are supposed to be.  Why?  Because that’s what is!  After you accept what is, you open yourself up to truly create and manifest change. 

So all we really need to do is become aware of the struggle and tension we’ve created for ourselves, and let go of our resistance to it.  Once we do, we’ll be like open channels for creation, flow, and joy.  And the depth that is possible becomes virtually unlimited…

;-) 

Yours in Joy,

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Laura October 1, 2009 at 11:40 am

Hi Katie,

I enjoyed reading your insights about the true power of our mindsets. Our mindsets have such an impact on everything we do including our thoughts, decisions, expressions, and performance.

If we can let go our resistance, we free up our minds and enhance our creative potential and all sorts of wonderful opportunities will emerge.

Thanks for sharing.

Laura

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Kevin Doherty October 1, 2009 at 2:06 pm

hi Katie, Great post as usual. I am really enjoying your blog and appreciate all that you do. Not sure if you received the email I sent– I know you are super busy.

Keep creating the inspiring content and I’ll continue to spread the word about what you do!

peace, Kevin Doherty
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Amanda October 1, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Hi Katie!
What you mention in your post here is definitely an amazing phenomenon and that is the power of our minds! When we resist things we are just holding ourselves back from tapping into our true inner power. I like to compare it to the forces of nature- wind, water, air… they don’t resist anything they just simply flow around any obstacles they can find. Even the biggest and baddest man-made machines are no match for the power of the natural elements. Thank you for sharing this post, I quite enjoyed it!

Yours in growth,
Amanda
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David Wood October 2, 2009 at 2:14 am

Katie, great blog post! (I especially like the photo)… when we get a chance to truly relax, EVERYTHING comes naturally…

Love it!

David Wood
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Alex Lim October 3, 2009 at 6:17 am

I think what you felt during yoga is the same of what I experienced when my instructor attempted to hypnotize me. During that moment I was freed from anything, you have to let go of things you are thinking and just listen to what the person is saying. Any resistance would just bring failure to the process. The feeling was great during the initial phase. The muscles were relaxed and feel like you’re floating. I honestly want to feel that again. Unfortunately, I just had the first phase and I got lost so I was not hypnotized. I guess when you’re mind is too busy and preoccupied over things that bugs you, you’ll never be at a state of comfort and higher peace.
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Danielle Zack October 5, 2009 at 2:39 pm

It is AMAZING how much the mind effects the body. I find it incredible how much the mind can limit the body in so many ways. We have all these things built up in our minds, fears and our ‘idea’ of the way things are. Unless we free ourselves of those thoughts we can never be open and move past them. Thanks for sharing such an inspiring post Katie!

Danielle
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Karl Sylvester October 6, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Hey Katie, thanks for sharing your experience. I could see how reaching higher levels in yoga could benefit our general physical and mental health. Stretching is one of things even experienced body builders dread doing. I guess winners will do what the losers won’t.

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Dennis October 7, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Katie,

I had a “personal adjustment” class in college and we did a lot of yoga and talked about letting go of our tension. I wish I would have appreciated it more back then, because at that time I just enjoyed laying on the floor with the lights off during a whole period! It’s amazing that when we hear “you can do anything” we just seem to think of it as just another motivational phrase. The funny thing is though that it is the absolute truth, I think that we are conditioned to let it go in one ear and out the other! Doubt is poison, and letting go if it can be the key to success. As much as we have the power to accomplish anything, that same power is often used against us in the form of doubt and negativity. Stay Positive! Great post!
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Dan D October 7, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Hey Katie …Wow these words are so true: “Without the mind limiting or gripping movement, the patient’s bodies could naturally bend and twist in any direction.” We all should keep this in mind when approaching a seemingly impossible challenge. Looking forward to more motivating posts!

-Dan
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Saiful Rizal October 9, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Hi Katie!

This is such a beautiful blog you have here =)

I’m so happy and grateful to have found you!
I really love your aura, girl!

I wonder what you see in your mind when you
relax.

For me, I’ve tried and I see the image of butter
melting for some weird reason and my whole
body just relaxes.

I think a higher level to what you mentioned in
this post is how SERIOUSLY we take our lives
sometimes.

I mean if we just let go and let God while doing
all that we can, with a child-like curiosity of
what’s going to happen and take any challenge
along the way as an adventure, life will be so
much FUN!

Wouldn’t you agree Katie? =)
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Patrice October 10, 2009 at 6:07 pm

I love reading your insights about yoga and the true power of our mind.
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Keri Eagan October 12, 2009 at 12:53 am

Hi Katie,

Just a quick note to say I love your site! The picture with you leg twisted looks uncomfortable…and then I realised I just made that up in my mind.

Keri Eagan
Anything Alternative
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Job Self @ Goal Setting October 14, 2009 at 4:06 pm

There is a similar concept in martial arts, specially in Aikido and Judo. The most important concept is to stay balanced and relax. To flow with the attacker movements instead of trying to stop them. Only then can you use your opponent’s strength to your advantage. I believe life holds a similar truth.
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anxietydepression October 17, 2009 at 6:41 am

i do Yoga everyday for the purpose of relaxation. Yoga really helps me in getting a very relaxed mind and body.

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Jason Kerchner October 30, 2009 at 10:39 am

Beliefs are a powerful thing. Successful people started off with no more skill than anyone else, but their belief in themselves and their ability to grow and move through obstacles is what takes them to the top. I like the Yoga analogy, puts thoughts into a more physical form.
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Raisa November 2, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Hi Katie,
Thanks for sharing your experiences. I ‘ve been practicing yoga & meditation for quiet a while, and is really amazing the transformation we can experience when we learn to accept things as they are, and focusing on the results we want instead of the problem.
Love
Raisa

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Susanna November 18, 2009 at 6:12 pm

I have tried to retweet this. I love it. Thanks very much. I need to practice more! Susanna

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Jemmah2 December 22, 2009 at 6:30 am

I practice Yoga at home mainly for the purpose of having a relax mind and body. Stress is really high on our workplace and yoga helps me relax.
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Kitara Wilson February 2, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this Katie. Our minds truly are a powerful tool….if we could only learn to let go and trust it to do what it is naturally meant to do life would be so much easier! Great post.

In Celebration,
Kitara
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Shannon Tecson March 7, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Aloha Katie,
I’ve got it! The message…Perfect for me today…you are such an angel. The mind is such an amazing tool, yet, if not properly trained can be so troublesome. I love the little reminder to be okay with what is. I begin to believe that everything is possible, and that when I do, I invite all kinds of miracles and magic into my life. They may not be shazaam, big type hype miracles, but often the subtlest message of signs, that make me realize that my state of gratitude, focus and clarity with the intentions is creating all of this.
You gave me an idea to begin yoga?

Great post Katie :)
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Val Haderlie April 23, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Dear Katie, You are such an amazing inspiration to me. At age 57, I am putting my all into social media in anticipation of not only financial independence and time freedom but also quality relationships and the opportunity to allow my writing to assist others. Thank you for all you are teaching me in your videos, Manifesto, emails. Your reminder to: “Accept where you are at in your life right now and know that that’s exactly where you are supposed to be. Why? Because that’s what is! After you accept what is, you open yourself up to truly create and manifest change” really struck a chord with me. I have been resisting being “old” and wondering if I could still accomplish the great things I have in mind. Your reminder encouraged me to GO FOR IT!
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Diana April 24, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Kati,

Thank you so much. I must have missed this when it first came out, but glad I found it. Very helpful to me right now.

DJ

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PHILLIP April 25, 2010 at 4:07 pm

i call on house holders cold calling with energy saving insulation and find letting go of my fear of rejection and state my case simply it becomes a breeze

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Todd April 27, 2010 at 5:57 pm

I have been more free with myself recently. Just relaxing and trying to be in the flow as much as possible. This has allowed me to be in a life transformation that has me headed in a successful direction.
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Lisa Kneller April 30, 2010 at 9:43 am

Wow Katie! You have really inpsired me. I have been teaching yoga for over 7 years and it is one of my few passions – as is network marketing and spiritual growth. You are light years ahead of where I was at your age, but I am encouraged that you are living your passion and sharing it with others. What a blessing!

I love it when the lightbulb goes off!

God bless,

Lisa Kneller

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Chuck Bluestein May 20, 2010 at 9:04 pm

When you go to Las Vegas, many of the speakers that you meet will not consider yoga important. They think that yoga can’t make you happy but money can. But you know differently. There is a saying “He who dies with the most toys wins. Yoga also helps you to be more in the present.

Wikipedia says, under Yoga Philosophy, “In all branches of yoga, the ultimate goal is the attainment of an eternal state of perfect consciousness.”
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Sukie Baxter May 26, 2010 at 2:39 am

This is it!!! Hallelujah!!! THIS is what I teach my clients – restrictions in your body literally AMPUTATE your life experience! The body is a mirrored reflection of our mental patterns. The brain is not only in the mind, it extends through our spine and out into our peripheral limbs…hmmm, do I feel a blog post coming on? I’m so inspired now!
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Francesco May 31, 2010 at 3:06 am

Yeah releasing Resistance is the key to let the energy flow.
But then, if you want things to change, you have to stop giving so much attention to WHAT-IS and direct your attention to what you are becoming.
I appreciate this great blog full of insights and always-fresh reminders!
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Joe June 15, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Great article and especially for any athletes. If more athletes can tap into this part of maximum focus, more world records would be set. Thanks for sharing Katie
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Linda June 27, 2010 at 3:52 am

Thank you so much for sharing this story Katie. It’s definitely a wonderful idea to spread the word about the story from your yoga instructor so anyone can benefit from it without having to go to the same class than you ( In my case it’s pretty far as I live in London :-)

The great thing is that I feel it has had the same impact on me. I was practicing the other day I realized how much more flexible I am when I relax, let go and let the energy flow. As soon as I think of the word “relax”, I instantly become more flexible, it’s incredible! The story also acts as a real proof of the power of the mind.

Thank you!
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Jennifer May July 14, 2010 at 6:51 pm

It truly is so very amazing how powerful our minds our. How much we have not tapped into them and when we do the results we receive. We have the power to do anything, to achieve anything and to live our life the way we want to. It is up to us to attain this power with in our minds and with in ourselves.

Thank you for sharing your experience with your Yoga Class… it inspired me to dig deeper into my mind more so than ever!
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Jennifer May July 14, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Hey Katie! Just realized I put our instead of are. Can you please change it? So sorry! :)
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Gerald Gigerl July 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm

this post was very helpful for me! we should be open for challenges, communicates and things that don´t seem to be comfortable to allow us to grow!

your great content is always inspiring!

greetings

gerald
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TJ Chambers July 23, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Katie, can you get your foot over your head like that? I can’t. I think you should show us some of your crazy maneuvers.

I always find it amazing the things people can do in yoga.
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Luis September 11, 2010 at 11:13 am

Hi Katie,

This is awesome and I think we are the principal resistance of our success.
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Carlos M. September 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Hi Katie,

This is a great insight
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Wet Saw  October 20, 2010 at 8:21 pm

i always do Yoga every week because it is essential to my overall well being”~

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Damayanthi January 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Katie, I am so glad that I came across this post today. Letting go of things we are holding on to is one of the hardest things to do, but once we do it, it opens up a whole new world :)

Thanks for sharing.

Damayanthi
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