A practice is something you can do without thinking – which is why the majority of us have numerous of them.

Frank A. Clark

How often have you paid some attention to your typical practices and habits? If you already practice yoga, you’re no doubt more aware than lots of people of the physical experiences in your body, or the preponderances of your mind.

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What style of yoga do you exercise? What type of way of living do you opt to live? What’re your religious and political views? Where’s this going?

We’ve an innate affinity for favoring particular things over others, for thinking particular ways and paths are better than others. Naturally, to some degree, this is both necessary and important. There is, nevertheless, another side to it, which involves remembering that in many cases, everything has a location, regardless of our individual sentiments.

I’ve actually exercised yoga for almost 10 years. I’ve actually tried many various designs, studied with many various educators. Furthermore, I’ve checked out and worked in both sides of the field of health: the conventional and clinical, and the non-traditional and intuitive. I’ve actually come to understand that both of these locations, and all of the designs of yoga, have something various and valuable to provide.

How does this apply to yoga? I suggest it as a method to grow your practice.

Consider the notion of surrender to what is, known in yoga context as Ishvar-Pranidhana. One might write numerous books delving into this idea. The facet of it that I want to turn your attention to is approval. Your yoga practice is an opportunity to utilize asana, breathing and reflection to become more aware of the sensations and rhythm of life: the physical feedback of your body to certain positions, the activity of your mind on a provided day, the state of your feelings. Your practice is opening yourself up to all these experiences, without evaluating them. It’s to see them with the knowledge to surpass the limited judgments that our mind wants to hold, and instead see the larger picture, as it is.

Whether you’re brand-new to yoga or a skilled specialist, consider explore the following:

Choose a pose that you find especially challenging. Practice with that pose. Invest an extended period of time dealing with it. Observe the responses of your body. Notice the responses of your mind. Familiarize the state of your feelings. Focus on these feelings that arise in feedback to the pose, from a location of ‘thoughtful awareness’. That is, don’t label any of them as favorable or adverse, just acknowledge them with approval, as they are. Practice this routinely.

Developing such awareness will extend beyond the yoga mat, and begin to penetrate into your life. It doesn’t always suggest that you’ll all of a sudden enjoy every scenario and all situations. What it does suggest is that you’ll cultivate the ability to see and obtain the value existing in ALL experiences. Each occurrence in our lives presents us with the opportunity to grow, develop, step more fully into the people we’re becoming. Wondrous minutes instill us with life energy, challenging ones can construct inner strength and understanding, tragedies grow our perspective.

This understanding is perhaps something you already have, in some form. The objective of taking a look at it from a yogic angle is to provide a brand-new device to develop the capability within you. It’s true that understanding is distinct from practice. To understand something is something, to embody it’s quite another. Making use of the physical practice of yoga to train yourself in seeing the world this way supplies a starting point, to find out to cope with such thoughtful awareness in your everyday life.

By making the aware selection to be ready for all experiences, you say yes to life, and allow yourself to take in the full splendor that it’s to offer.

I desire you a full, enriched life.

Namaste.