Born and raised in Asia, I know what it feels like to face social expectations - to hold education and career status in high regard. It is a cultural norm that we all experience.
However, one often struggles to surmount the pressure associated with competition. Parents value their children’s grades above all. Overwork raises depression rate. Lack of exercise and unhealthy diet deteriorate health. Worse of all, submitting to a predisposition towards our circle’s toxic lifestyle habits comes easily.
I was there. And it took me a while to figure a way out of this cycle. What intrigued me was why schools rarely implement personal development theory into practice and why corporations rarely emphasize good mentorship.
Changing your lifestyle is an arduous task but not impossible. Keep reading for you will find the solution.
I know it – status prevails over our own conscience. Most people don’t shop for functionality but for social status from non-sustainable labels. High salary over personal growth perhaps appeals more in today’s society. But it does not promise a happy ending.
It all takes personal awareness and realization. That’s why I am so happy when I find Kicking Asana, the ever-expanding universe of all things yoga, wellness and conscious living. Not only a blog but also a forefront in sustainable movement, Kicking Asana provides an abundant resource of information, services and tools for those looking to amplify their lives through movement, meditation and personal development.
Inspired as a guide to live a meaningful and purposeful life, Kicking Asana started from Ava Pendl’s 200-hr teacher training to pull yoga after moving away from a depressing 10+ hour work day.
“It’s really challenging being at the forefront when many people in my close circle didn’t necessarily understand the importance or the “why” behind the new choices I was making. Ultimately, I’ve been able to act as a guide for many other people in my life so it’s ended up being great, but at first it was tiring to explain myself. So often, people are unaware of the repercussions of the choices they make or their lifestyle, and it isn’t until someone comes along with an alternative that is greener or more sustainable for our world. That’s why it is so important to use my voice (or your voice!) to educate people and lead the way, so to speak.”
In our conscience, we know what we want most and what is right. I learn from Ava that we must first take a stand and be that change by shifting towards a growth mindset and applying it in all areas of your life.
“Having grown the platform to where it is today, I knew that I had power in my voice and wanted to share things that only leave the world a better place and utilize my platform to do good in my community.”
— Ava Pendl, Kicking Asana Founder
In this initiative, Ava recommends several tips to begin making changes:
“Just start where you are and do what you can. Don’t take everything on at once, because it will be overwhelming. Even the smallest steps in the right direction are going to make an impact. Also, believe that you can make an impact! I read a blog a while ago from a sustainable blogger that said that one person’s buying habits or choices won’t make an impact, but I wholeheartedly disagree. Organic food wouldn’t be as prevalent today if one person didn’t stand up and say “I don’t want to buy that anymore” A single thought can spark a revolution, so don’t be discouraged that you’re just one person.”
It is amazing to constantly learn from Kicking Asana, be the best version of ourselves and most importantly influence others positively.