In our yoga practice, it is tempting to return to the places that have brought us joy and satisfaction. We seek the postures, the breathing and the teachings that spoke to us once. They become the structure for our new reality.
We must be careful of patterns and habits that we adopt. Any habit is a rut that contains the mind and prevents us from exploring new, challenging experiences. We must seek to be mindful always and not allow new habits to form, no matter how beneficial we think they are. A habit is a prison for the mind.
In yoga practice, this can be summed up with two words, "Be Uncomfortable." Any time we strive to improve, whether physically or mentally, we push ourselves into unchartered territory and expand our minds.
Any time we repeat what "feels good," we deepen a rut in our mind. We strengthen a version of reality, and that goes against the very purpose of yoga.
Be curious, be courageous.
This journal honors my ongoing experience with the practice, study and teaching of yoga.
1) Sridaiva Yoga: Good Intention But Imbalanced
2) Understanding Chair Posture
2) Why I Don't Use Sanskrit or Say Namaste
3) The Meaningless Drudgery of Physical Yoga
5) Beyond Bikram: Why This Is a Great Time For Ghosh Yoga