Do you still remember learning about electrical resistance in Physics, and what variables affect the amount of resistance? I faintly recall that the type of material used and the thickness of the conductor mattered. More so, there in class, I had a sense of recognition hearing the word Ohm, which of course had nothing to do with the sacred mantra of OM and instead was related to the German physicist Georg Simon Ohm.
Resistance isn’t something we only come across at school in Physics. Throughout life, we encounter resistance in various degrees: The New Year’s resolution that has already been ‘forgotten’ by mid-March or the daily exercise routine that is taking too much time away from more important tasks. There is often a part within that does not feel as enthusiastic about our ideas as we had felt originally.
Sometimes, we encounter this resistance with our clients. Whether it’s the daily supplement regime or the regular journaling at the end of the day, seemingly simple activities are challenging to incorporate into their daily routine.
Rather than making the client feel guilty, it’s a good idea to explore where that resistance comes from or originates. Many times, the resisting part takes on the role of the protector. For some clients, the value of the activity or task isn’t apparent; others feel overwhelmed and without enough energy for this additional activity on their to-do list.
I suggest below some small exercises you could offer your clients to prepare fertile soil for the seeds of practice to take root. The objective of these quick exercises is to engage the body rather than the mind and to create a more receptive inner state to overcome resistance.
‘Mudra’ is the Sanskrit word for seal or gesture. Mudras are hand gestures used in yoga and meditation to go within to free up energy. They direct the energy flow to specific areas in the body in need of more power and balance. At the fingertips, we find the beginning and ending points of meridians, and each finger represents one of the five elements. Based on the principles of Ayurveda, yoga mudras are considered a healing modality on its own.
The Vajrapradama Mudra is also called the ‘Unshakeable Trust Seal’. Vajra means “thunderbolt” or “diamond,” as well as the true self, and Pradama means trust or confidence.
This mudra builds self-confidence, increases inner strength, and trust. Practising this mudra helps to move us from the headspace to the heart space and reminds us of our inner power.
How to perform this mudra?
- The left hand is at the bottom, palm upwards.
- Interlace the fingers of the right hand with the fingers of the left hand.
- The tips of the index fingers touch each other; the thumbs are spread apart and point upwards to the collar bones.
- Rest hands on the chest or below the navel, palms facing up.
- With the eyes closed, begin to direct the breath into the space underneath the hands.
- Hold this mudra for at least 2 minutes or longer if desired.
Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II)
In Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva created a very fierce warrior with the name Virabhadra to kill the father of his wife Sati in revenge for her death.
Practising this warrior pose helps to develop endurance. One learns to find ease in the effort and to let go of tension in body and mind. This pose increases stamina. Finding a place of strength within helps to practice this pose, and that’s easier if one keeps the essence of the pose in mind.
There are lots of videos available to learn this pose with the proper alignment. Should you prefer to instead read about it, you find a step by step description here.
Circle of Excellence – NLP
This technique is of benefit to clients who need a boost of determination or confidence to follow through to break a thought pattern or behavioural pattern.
It is essential here to engage all your senses when remembering a time and state where one experienced that desired quality, for example, determination or strength.
I am not suggesting that doing the Warrior Pose once will resolve or overcome resistance, nor would holding a mudra do so for just two minutes. These are some additional ideas to explore how we can help clients lower their resistance so that they are more motivated to continue what will eventually help them feel better about themselves.