Just a quick reminder that the work we do on our mats is important. It's so easy to not do yoga even though we religiously attend classes and practice at home. When our mind is wandering and we're not in your bodies, then we're not actually doing yoga. We are performing poses and exercising, which is good, but we can get a work out doing other things.
What makes yoga special is our attention to our intention, our mindfulness on our movements and energy. I wholeheartedly believe and feel with my entire being that this practice, this mindfulness and acceptance of ourselves is what is needed to heal ourselves and the world. If we can learn to just sit with and move through our feelings on our mats without automatically reacting, then we will save ourselves so much effort and suffering. Soon, our efforts will bleed off the mat and into our daily lives, benefitting us and our relationships and maybe society, even in some small way. Imagine a life where we simply took ten deep breaths before reacting when we are triggered. Imagine a world where everyone did this. How many choices are made without a single moment's pause to consider the consequences?
Let's make a deal. Next time, and every time thereafter, let's ask ourselves what brought us to our practice, that day and moment. Let's return over and over to that reason for the duration of our routines. Let's be open to our intention shifting as we shift and uncover new pockets of being. This is what authenticity is! Stepping into who we are in the moment and moving through it with awareness.
This has been a public service announcement from your local yoga teacher.