This morning in the studio many people were speaking about how much they love it.
It happens every day. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful space, such wonderful teachers and a fabulous community of practitioners. From those of us in gentle class to those of us in the advanced class, we are all coming together and our lives are better for it.
See, it’s all about perspective. In yoga we learn to change the prana or the energy. This has a huge beneficial outcome on the way we view the world. This is why we feel so good after we practice. We are balanced and focused. According to the great sage Patanjali, “Yoga is the ability to direct the mind exclusively toward an object and sustain that direction without any distractions.” (definition from the Yoga Sutras in The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikchar) or in another translation: “Yoga is experienced in that mind which has ceased to identify itself with its vacillating waves of perception.” (Mukunda Stiles) –
Vascillating waves of perception, hmmmmm? So, what we are saying is that you can choose how you want to see the world, if you can get a hold of your thoughts and direct them. Thus, we can be happier. Wow, can prozac do that?
Yoga is really the all –natural, anti-depressant. It teaches us not to identify with the thoughts that are dragging us down and causing us misery. But to choose the thoughts that are serving us. We can become our truest selves. The ones we were born to be, with talent, creativity, open hearts and ready to serve each other.
Sounds easier said than done? Well, it is by learning to consciously shape your breath and body that leads to this conscious shaping of thought. That’s why us yogis are smiling. That is what keeps us coming back every day. We long to see the beauty in the world, and as we deepen our practice the beauty begins to jump out at us more and more everyday.
Thank you to all our amazing family of yogis, for embracing a better way!
See you in class.
Om Shanti!
René