Monthly Archives: November 2014

What is Discipline?

Abhyasa- Vairagyabhyam tan-nirodahah
The restriction of these fluctuations is achieved through practice and discipline.
-Yoga Sutra 1:12

Yoga, a state in which the mind is still, can be achieved by practice (discipline) and detachment. Discipline isn’t about checking off a task or an activity on your to-do list. Quality over quantity. Discipline is when you are completely absorbed in what you are doing, because in that moment you are fully present. Practice then is discipline in action. Do what you can and always do your best. Practice is not about what you get, it is about what you give. Do what is truly possible with an unwavering commitment to giving yourself to that moment. Without this intention, practice becomes another task to be completed and it loses its ability to transform. After all, transformation, or freedom, is the reason for all discipline.

In addition to practicing asanas (physical postures) on your mat, I encourage you to take your practice off the mat. Stay engaged in whatever it is you are doing, driving, cooking, listening to music or relaxing. By cultivating this awareness to be present in all your experiences, you are contributing to being your best self. Remember, practice is about what you can give. Thank you for assisting in raising the Universal vibration. Namaste.

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Letting Go

It was a wet morning in Waialua, being flexible yogis, we moved the class from the outdoor deck indoors to the barn. I was carrying my new mat and there was red dirt everywhere. Immediately, I caught myself thinking… “MY NEW MAT!” My mat is my sacred space, I only recently learned to share this space with others. As I looked around the barn for something to wipe my feet with, Piper the fox terrier ran straight across it and left cute little muddy paw prints all over. I couldn’t help but let out a giggle. In that moment, I was truly present. Fully engaged but detached. I let go, accepted and surrendered to what is. This conscious choice left me feeling lighter. I peeled off another layer of the onion, a layer that I didn’t even know existed. My perspective shifted, I removed the smoke screen of ignorance and realized it is just a mat.

I am grateful for this opportunity to experience Yoga at a Barn. Good vibes.

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