Lately I have been playing with a focus of the month for my students. This month has been, happiness! We can explore the emotion or state of happiness with our yoga poses, our song choices, and our activities. Happiness is contagious, there are songs about happiness, “Happy”, “Don’t Worry be Happy”, there are the songs that make us happy, there are advertisements of happy, happy books, and it’s even in the Declaration of Independence! Happiness can be a choice, though subjective and sometimes fleeting, we can choose it. What exactly is happiness? How can we get happy or stay happy or eek out happy from all of our given circumstances? In life, it has been said and proved, that we get really good at what we practice most. Do you practice happiness? Do you know how? Ask yourself these questions, ask your students these questions, ask your kids these questions;
Question 1: What is your personal definition of happiness?
My Answer: A smile and a warm-hearted encounter, a genuine friend, my marriage, my family, the ability to look for the positive in every situation.
Practice: Think of a short positive phrase for your life as it is today. ” I am healthy.” ” I sleep well.” ” My friends are so special and loving”. ” I can sing and dance!”
Question 2: What makes you happy?
Answer: Yoga, a run in central park, writing poetry, museums, amazing movies, a Broadway play, watching the wind blow things around the city, a good night’s sleep, teaching, a massage, traveling, my nieces, remembering my Grandma, my marriage, my family members, sharing my time with great friends
Practice: Do the things that make you happy, see the people that make you happy, be present while you see and do those things!
My Happiness Poses for a great yoga practice: Crow, Astavakrasana (google it) , Compass, Splits
My Happiness Songs for a great singing practice: “Cups”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, “Wrecking Ball”, ” Say Something”, “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries”
Now, go out and find that person in your life that you see as exuberant, vivacious, and happy. Ask them what their definition of happiness is and what makes them happy. Then ask them to show you their happy yoga poses and sing some of your favorite happy songs together!
Please post your happiness answers to what does happiness mean to you and what makes you happy?