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The "No Time For Yoga" Dilemma

As we rush through the fast-paced world, we frequently hear - or ourselves say - "I don't have time". This phrase often becomes an excuse when we look at activities like yoga, meditation, or any other practice dedicated to our personal growth and well-being. It's a paradox, isn't it? We make time for everything that is 'urgent' but struggle to spare time for something as essential as our well-being. Let us untangle this paradox of "not having time for Yoga".


#1. Shifting Priorities - "Your Life Is Your Time"


Sadhguru's wisdom beautifully resonates in his phrase, "Your life is your time". He explains that life is essentially a certain amount of time and energy, and how we invest this time and energy becomes our life. If our health, peace, and personal growth are our priorities, we must invest our time in practices like Yoga that foster these elements. The "I don't have time" excuse often results from an uncalibrated sense of priorities. If we genuinely value our well-being, we will find time, regardless of our schedule's intensity. Just like we make time to eat, sleep, or work - tasks perceived as essential - Yoga can and should fit into our schedules as a fundamental aspect of our lives.


#2. Yoga – More Than Just Physical Exercise


Another reason we often sidestep yoga is because we view it as merely a physical exercise. Yoga is not about bending your body or holding your breath but about attuning yourself with the cosmic geometry and navigating life effortlessly. When we understand and experience the profoundness of yoga, it's no longer a 'task' to be done but an integral part of our existence, thus negating the excuse of "not having time".


#3. Disbanding Misconceptions: The Duration of Practice


Many people operate under the misconception that yoga requires long hours of practice. Drawing upon Sadhguru's teachings, Yoga is not about the quantity but the quality of practice. Even a few minutes of yoga, performed with absolute involvement and attentiveness, can yield significant benefits. So, if time is a constraint, start small. A few minutes invested in Yoga each day is better than not practicing at all.


#4. Realizing the Benefits: An Empirical Approach


Hatha Yoga is a tool for transformation. But to realize its full potential, one must first start the journey. Instead of waiting for spare time to practice yoga, make a conscious decision to invest some of your time in it and observe the results. Those who regularly practice Hatha Yoga have experienced enhancements in physical health, mental clarity, emotional balance, and spiritual growth. These benefits, once realized, often make yoga a non-negotiable part of their routines. Therefore, the perception of "not having time" for yoga can often be alleviated by firsthand experience of its benefits.


In simple terms, when we say "we don't have time," it's more about what we think is important, how we see things, and what we misunderstand rather than not having enough hours in the day. When we listen to Sadhguru's teachings, we start to understand that it's not about "having" time, but about "making" time. When we make our health a top priority, when we truly understand what Yoga is about, and when we see the positive changes it brings, we stop using the excuse of "not having time for yoga." After all, Sadhguru says it's not about time at all. It's about how we direct our attention and our energy.

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