Published on January 22nd, 2018 | by Catherine Tingey0
The Power of Focus
The Power of Focus
Success–however you define it–is inextricably linked to focus.
And distraction–which defines much of modern life–is responsible for huge inefficiencies in our work and personal lives.
Our ability to direct attention is singlehandedly responsible for any and all achievement in our lives. Without focus, we are reactive monkey minds, flitting from one distraction to the other, unable to gain traction on any one task. It’s a deep certainty of mine that learning how to harness and direct our attention is imperative for personal achievement, financial abundance, emotional health and fulfilling relationships.
So how does this relate to yoga?
DHARANA, the 6th limb of yoga’s 8 limbs, is translated as focus, concentration and steadiness.
When we practice yoga, we aspire to maintain connection to the breath, which translates into sustained attention within the body.
As the mind is trained like a muscle to stay focused on one thing, it learns a deep steadiness.
One of my private clients summed it up perfectly. ‘When I’m on my mat, there’s literally nothing else I can focus on.’
More literally, in each yoga pose, there is a point – DRISHTI – where the eyes should be focused on.
What I’m always trying to do as a private yoga instructor, is to get my clients to focus as much attention on their bodies, breath and health as they do on their careers.
Studies have shown that ongoing distraction is a massive brain drain. Did you know that it takes an average of 25 minutes to return to a task after interruption? That’s brain power you just lost thanks to the ping of a text, a knock on your door or an email you just answered.
If all of this sounds woo-woo to you, try practicing yoga 1-2x week for a month. I guarantee your ability to focus will improve, and you’ll become more mindful about where you’re placing your attention.
As always, if you’re interested in learning yoga privately from a certified private yoga instructor, don’t hesitate to contact me!