Elephant Power: Strength to Follow Your Heart

By |May 7th, 2014|Todd Norian, Yoga Philosophy|1 Comment|

Greetings! I hope you are having an awesome May! It’s so nice to experience a shift in the weather as we move toward warmer days.

I recently taught in Arlington Heights, Illinois (near Chicago) at Pulsation Yoga Studio. Thanks to the owners, Jim and Kathy, for creating a beautiful sanctuary for the practice of yoga. The weekend was so empowering. The workshop was called, “Light On Ganesh”, where I tie in the teachings of Ganesh (the elephant-headed God) into the asanas.

Ganesh is known as the lord of auspicious beginnings, remover of obstacles, and the “gatekeeper” of your mind. On the last day of the workshop I taught a session called, “Elephant Power”, based on this: As a spiritual seeker, you need to cultivate strength like that of an elephant, to follow your heart and stay true to yourself against the greatest odds. This life is not about sitting back waiting for something good to happen. This life is about standing in your power, figuring out what truly lights you up in life, and then setting an intention for yourself and following through every day with action. That’s the beauty and gift of this life of embodiment. When you act from a place of connection to your heart, karma is actively purified and changed. Ganesh is telling us that we have the power to change the course of our lives. Whatever you have created that you are not proud of, you can dis-create and recreate something better, something you can be proud of.

I believe there are stages to living a life of empowerment. We must move through the set of beliefs we all have that are disempowering and habitual. A common disempowering belief goes something […]