Samadi August Happenings

 practicing Yoga

Here’s a little piece to share with you about the art of “just” being in your yoga practice.  It’s not as simple as it sounds, our minds are always busy – even when we are practicing yoga. The mind can bring you to all sorts of places while practicing Yoga. Allowing yourself to just Be may be the greatest challenge of your practice. The mind can take you to places of self-judgement and criticism, sadness, stress, happiness, inspiration and even pure joy. Whatever you are feeling, you are in a body and a mind that is constantly moving and unearthing new problems and solutions all while trying to bare a piece of that stillness we are all told to find. There’re many methods to bring you to stillness, but why on earth is it so hard?For many, stepping on your mat is an opportunity and a space to redirect your attention inward. A very important part of obtaining this in your yoga practice requires a presence into how you feel.  A process of moving from diversion, to direction, to self-acceptance.  It is a commitment to being here and now in what you are doing at this very moment. We are so often engrained in our patterns of behavior that noticing them is easy, but actually changing and applying new behaviors can be totally different. Integrating your attention of presence in action is the whole ground and point on yoga practice and the stresses and challenges of modern life make this integration even more urgent. Here is a list of tools you can use to bring you more into the present moment and back into your practice;

  • Show up to practice and stay constant with how much energy you put into your whole practice, not just one part. The more you practice the more you will understand how to bring your mind back to presence.
  • Keep your attention on your breath, gaze and bandhas. If you become distracted, gently bring yourself back.
  • Understand new asanas from the ground up one step at a time. Don’t rush yourself into a pose of full expression just because someone else’s body may be more capable than yours.
  • Honor yourself where you are. Some days may require less physical effort and more mental effort.  Some days you will be less flexible and other days you may feel more strong. Be gentle and feel without getting stuck in mindless doing.
  • Look for similar patterns in your yoga asana practice and how you pilot your day-to-day life. Where can you practice being more adaptable to cultivate balance through awareness.
  • Recognize that we are all humans coming from somewhere treading our own path. There is beauty in all of us.
  • Relax and enjoy the process…

 Because at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what the other person is doing next to you or what asana you are performing. Beauty and inspiration is all around you and the key is to connect with your purpose to find your focus in the midst of all distractions. Yoga is about untying the heavy knots and uniting what matters most to you by being your authentic self. Remember, the main thing that shapes our body is how we feel, so don’t waste your sacred moments in senseless distraction. Simply be inspired by the joy of trusting your own practice and naturally your true self will shine through.Read more: