Benjamin Sears of LUXYOGA shares how he found yoga, and continues to discover and rediscover his body and mind through the practice. We sat down with Benjamin and asked him a few questions about his practice, and how he gets rid of negative self talk. Join Benjamin for week two of our DAILY PRACTICE CHALLENGE in honor of National Yoga Month in September.
YOGA JOURNAL: How do you become aware of, and abandon the negative self talk? What are three strong tips you use to get over it?
Benjamin Sears: Abandon is a strong word. I’m still in the awareness stage, working on creating new patterns. You get good at what you practice and I catch myself practicing being a real jerk to myself sometimes. Here are three things that help me:
1) In practice, I set an intention when I start. It may be physical, like: maintain awareness of and breathe into a spot in my body for the whole practice, or psychological: commit to using a good quality that you have throughout a practice, or simply breathe an energy that you actually want in your life into your cell tissue. If the nasty voice starts talking, use the intention you set, not to ignore but to process the upheaval. Focus on the intention instead.
2) Take action; if there’s too much on your plate, start small.
3) Schedule time for rest and recovery – basically anything that gets you away from your phone. For me getting outside is crucial.
YJ: What keeps you practicing yoga?
BS: The rare and total, yet indescribable, moments of feeling completely at peace. And progress.
YJ: What's one thing you can tell people who don't have a strong home practice, or practice at all, to inspire and motivate them to get into yoga?
BS: Yoga is a tool to build a happier life. You don’t have to be good at it — whatever you think that means. It's the one place where process matters more than outcome, where the type of effort you put in is what counts.
ABOUT BENJAMIN SEARS
Benjamin Sears is the founder of LUXYOGA, an immersive wellness and lifestyle experience in the South of France. Consistently named the world’s premier yoga retreat, LUXYOGA has embodied Benjamin’s vision of balanced living for a decade and is a singular integration of expert instruction with world class cuisine and personalized service in one of the most beautiful locations in the world.
Benjamin has studied with the masters to earn multiple certifications across diverse systems, and believes that the day one stops learning is the day one stops teaching. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA, staffed the Bikram Yoga College of India Teacher Training after receiving his certification, completed the Dharma Mittra Yoga 500 hour Training, two Forrest Yoga Advanced Trainings, and continues his studies in Ayurveda, anatomy, bodywork, and energy healing. Benjamin leads seminars worldwide, facilitates teacher development, and is a sought-after mentor in the international yoga community.
As a competitive athlete who stumbled upon yoga as a last resort to heal, Benjamin recovered from two herniated discs, five knee surgeries and the traumatic suicide of a loved one through consistent yoga practice. His therapeutic teaching style helps real people live better through yoga. Benjamin’s ability to connect the poses to your body and the practice to your life in a practical and poetic way empowers students to appreciate the present and develop an action plan to progress. He recognizes that the students do their own work and hopes to help them stay safe and enjoy the process.