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Practice the Practice

Yoga Revelation 3

Yoga has officially hit the mainstream. Everywhere you look it seems there is a plethora of new styles of yoga from which to choose. While it is fun, challenging and wise to experience new ways of doing your practice, remember that the heart and home of your practice is you.

Ponder Einstein’s quote: “All religions are branches of the same Tree.” The same applies to yoga. Your practice is personal and speaks to your heart. What appeals to you may do nothing for another. Therefore, all practices of yoga are branches of the same Tree.

Practice with awareness of your physical, mental, and spiritual balance. Balance is a verb. You must constantly make adjustments to maintain it. Physical poses are one source of balance; however, how you choose to experience your practice is another. Practice practicing. It sounds redundant, but this is how yoga (and life) work.

Each subtle adjustment you make by reaching a bit higher or breathing a bit deeper makes a difference. Whether you are moving fast or slow from pose to pose, it is simply a practice. Catch yourself if your ego starts to compare your “progress” to others.

Don’t pursue perfection. Perfection in anything is a mental illusion and leaves no room for growth which leads to boredom. Boredom puts many on edge. In fact, release the pursuit of “edges.” Enough people are on edge as it is. Instead, replace the concept of edges with pursuits of a new horizon. Even changing one word in your mindset can alter the experience.

Imagine your practice to be like watching a magnificent sunset or sunrise, each taking their time in transitioning and revealing their beauty. Magically, they portray a slightly different vision of the horizon each time. It is the same sun each day, yet it shares a vision for eyes ready to see. When you open your heart and mind, you will also see the beauty of your yoga practice as it expands your world.

Breathe and Balance (meditation video)

Valerie Goodman
E-RYT Instructor and owner of Yoga Revelation

Recommended reading: Yoga Beyond Belief by Ganga White and Practicing the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle


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