Early on in my yoga career, I went to India.
Nowadays, we see yogis and yoga teachers heading to India en masse, for yoga tourism. Some make the journey because they are driven seekers; others want to look legitimate in an increasingly competitive yoga market.
When I went, I wanted to be a stronger, more dedicated and proficient yogi. I truly wanted to learn and grow. And I wanted my teacher’s blessings to open the first dedicated yoga studio in Columbus, Ohio.
Which I got.
I also secretly wished that my practice—and the discipline (tapas) to do it everyday– would get easier.
But it didn’t.
There I stood on my mat staring at the shala (yoga school) wall painted half maroon, half maize yellow, half way around the world.
In a flash, I hit me like a ton of bricks:
No one was going to do my practice for me. No one. And
being in India didn’t make doing it any easier.
It was what you call an AHA moment.
One of the greatest challenges of yoga —and its gifts — is establishing a daily personal practice.
Without this, progress is elusive, even frustrating. And it’s difficult to begin the real work of yoga, which is to learn to listen intently to your body, as if you were having a conversation with it.
The good news?
The quickest way to become a better yogi is to start a personal practice. And you can begin with just 10 minutes a day.
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Love and brilliance,