YOGAWARD BLOG

The Mental Toughness of Para-Athletes

Mental toughness (“MT”) relates to how well we persevere and perform, especially under challenging circumstances.  When I think of MT in relation to the yogic concept of tapas or self-discipline, one image that immediately comes to my mind is a Paralympian.  These athletes overcome tremendous challenges to become champions.  They do not consider failure to be an option.  How do

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The Power of Gratitude

Imagine the following scenario.  It’s 5:45 am in the morning.  The temperature outside is -7 degrees Celsius (20 degrees Fahrenheit).  Because of lockdown, you face working from home in “loungewear” staring at your web cam on conference calls which fills you with dread.  But for now, you are tucked up nice and warm in your bed.  Then, slowly you open

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How to Practice Non-Attachment in Your Relationships

“You only lose what you cling to.” – Buddha When it comes to relationships, what does it mean to be “clingy”?  I suppose one clear sign is that your partner is asking for space.  A few other signs: You text them constantly. You check your phone constantly to see if they have contacted you. You get nervous or angry when

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The Power of Forgiveness

I’ve written before in this blog about my sister Angela’s struggles with bi-polar disorder and addiction and how I lost her to a heart attack when she was only 45 years old.  What I didn’t mention was that for most of our adult lives my sister was pretty abusive towards me.  I’ll describe one example but there are many.  When

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