“Do your Practice and All is Coming”- Sri K Pattabhi Jois
I always end my yoga practice with this mantra. I have loved this quote by Guruji from the fist time I heard it many years ago as it resonates with me on so many levels. Doing your “practice” does not just mean your YOGA practice…….it means that practicing something will bring “everything” to you eventually. As your “practice” evolves…YOU will evolve!
I just keep turning these words over in my head and find that the more I practice, the better things get. The more I practice, the more I want to change for the better and do the same for others. Practice and ideas are coming. Practice and your passion in life is coming. Confidence, energy and joy are coming.
In my life, I have practiced being an athlete….logging thousands and thousands of miles running, biking and swimming when I was racing competitively…..which brought results for me physically and mentally. I have practiced RADICAL acceptance and loving kindness to myself every day for the last 2 years which has helped me in my recovery from my eating disorder. I practice working on my relationships with others every day, which has given me so much love in my life. I practice learning to slow down, to have patience, and to step outside of my comfort zone. It is these things that we can all “practice” every day that will help us to evolve eventually in time.
One of the things I have incorporated into my daily life is to be kinder to myself. How do I do this? Being a goal oriented, on the go, fast paced active person, this has not been the easiest practice for me ……. but it has been the most beneficial. I try to take time for myself without feeling guilty about it ( NOT easy). I take care of ME first---hard to do living with 4 teenagers, a husband, 3 dogs, teaching and owning a Yoga Studio! I have learned to say NO, and not take on TOO much. Simple things like meditating, reading a book, going for a walk, sitting and doing nothing are a few ways I find time for me. I exercise and do my yoga practice almost every day. I eat healthy foods. I spend quality time with my friends and family. These sound like simple things to do, but how often do we CONSCIOUSLY do them?
Because of this, I have encouraged my students to do more “Restorative” type yoga classes by adding a YIN yoga, Yoga Nidra, and a Restorative Class to the studio. My goal is to introduce this mindful PRACTICE to others so that they can see that , yes, hard physical yoga and exercise is good for you, but slowing down and honoring your body, mind and spirit is EQUALLY as important.
I encourage you to examine your own “practices”. What brings you joy? How do you set your intentions and follow through with them? What areas of your life need attention? Write the answers to these questions down and visit them every day. Make a plan as to how you can work on the answers, and decide what practices you can do that will help YOU evolve. LIVE LIFE INSPIRED.