I’m not smart enough. I can’t afford it. There is not enough.
These are just a few common beliefs that arise in the mind, paralyzing us with false limitations. Journaling and yoga are explorative practices that draw awareness to the mind’s thought patterns and samskaras, which are imprints on the mind that keep you circling through the same life issues.
According to Psych Central, keeping a journal allows you to track patterns, trends, and improvement/growth over time, most effective when done daily, for about 20 minutes — much like a yoga practice, it takes consistency and dedication to experience shifts. While going digital is a great way to start, a journaling practice becomes more effective when transcribing clarity of thought, into words of intention, written on paper.
4 Reasons to Integrate Journaling into Your Yoga Practice
1. Get to know who you really are.
Yoga expands the body and mind, while journaling helps to reflect back inwards.
Moving through a well-rounded yoga sequence is an effective way to unlock tension in the muscles and blockages in the subtle body. Once this trauma is released, we uncover a sea of stories imprinted in our anatomy. Releasing these stories is the first step towards growth. Self-reflection through the written word then becomes the voyage of discovering who you really are, beyond the stories.
2. Release tension and stress.
Weaving together yoga and journaling ignites inner wisdom and intuition, to move beyond the limitations of anxiety and fear.
Anxiety and fear are generally at the foundation of stress. When we ground ourselves through yoga, these feelings of uneasiness dissipate and the foundation of our own trust and guidance is developed. Journaling brings more awareness into these moments of truth. Like Kryptonite for Superman, truth weakens stress.
3. Turn the mind into an ally.
Yoga challenges the body, so the mind becomes more expansive and curios, while journaling provides deeper insight into the subconscious mind.
There are so many opinions and self-sabotaging thoughts swirling through the subconscious mind. Sometimes it’s our own criticism, and often, it’s the dialog we’ve adopted from parents or loved ones. Yoga teaches us to simply observe the thoughts, without judgment. Journaling teaches us to turn the mind into an ally, by gaining control of our thought patterns, rather than thoughts controlling us.
4. Manifest your deepest desires.
Through yoga, we find our breath. Through journaling, we find our voice.
Just as we find our way back to the breath on our mats — feeling more present and centered — we find our voice through writing, so we can begin to communicate exactly what it is we want.