Saturday, August 20, 2011
Summer vacation is coming to an end. This means I will have my day times available once again for working. This next week will see me preparing to present myself as my own brand. I will get my business website up and running, get brochures made for yoga and doula work, create a database of OB/GYN, midwife and pediatrician offices where I will distribute the brochures, update my resume, and write a proposal for the local hospital (they currently have no perinatal fitness classes). In order to get this all done I need to focus. This focus will consist of visualizing what exactly I'd like to accomplish, setting out my intention and creating a wave of positive energy that flows between myself and the community.
Now as many of you know I'm no stranger to starting over again and again and again.... Each time has been a learning experience. I've been able to narrow down what I'm offering so that I'm a unique entity in the yoga market. I went from being a general yoga teacher to focusing on the specific genre of childbirth. Teaching yoga to prenatal and postpartum mothers, their babies and partners paired with my experience as a doula makes me an invaluable part of the perinatal community.
In order to obtain the focus needed to get the ball rolling I will be taking a seat for much of my practice. This week will find me working on my meditation and visualization skills. When meditating the sadhaka (yoga student) sits in Sukhasana (http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/2481 Yoga Journal, 2011) or easy pose. This pose allows the sit bones to ground making an energetic connection to the world around the sadhaka. The purpose of this pose is to come to a relaxed place of being rather than a place of doing. In this pose one strives to quiet the mind while energizing the body. The goal of quieting the mind is many times more challenging then most of the hardest yoga poses. The mind, with is many parts, is always rambling from one thought to the next, sometimes contemplating multiple thoughts at once. In order to reign the mind in one should find a single point of focus or sabija (http://sabija.com/ ThriveInside, 2009). Sabija could include a sacred sound (om), a mantra (om namah shivaya) or a visual point like the flame of a candle. For my sabija I will visualize what I hope my next business venture to be like. I will envision positive feedback from prospective employers, the right amount of work so that I'm not overextending myself, the pay that I hope to receive and the opportunity to grow. I will endeavor to put these positive thoughts into action. I will see it all in my state of "being" so that I will be more efficient in my state of "doing".