The spirit or intention with which we practice, is the key to experiencing the heart of Yoga.
HOW TO PRACTICE?
Hatha Yoga is experiential, intuitive and alive! When we practice mindfully, and with a gentle intention, we are embodying the essence of Yoga. Below are some of the many touchstones we can use in our practice – and in daily life…
We practice in a way that does no harm – to ourselves, as well as all Beings. This includes respecting and accepting the limits of our bodies in every moment, as well as being watchful of any negative thoughts or judgements that may arise about ourselves, or others, as we practice. When we are able to practice with compassion in this way, a sweet sense of freedom arises. Like a cool breeze on a Summer’s day!
However, for Yoga to reveal it’s many life-changing benefits, a specific type of effort is also required. This is Tapas.
A deep, heartfelt dedication to our practice of Yoga, by cultivating an effort and enthusiasm that is alive, but not weighed down by expectations and results. (This is often hard for the Western mind to grasp!) Paradoxically, when we practice Yoga with a gentle intention, dedication and patience, the fruits of our efforts naturally appear!
This effort or Tapas, is kept alight by a constant, natural curiosity and self inquiry.
A NATURAL CURIOSITY – AND AN OPEN MIND
We begin to approach our Practice (and our Lives), with wisdom, clarity of mind and wise discrimination. A natural curiosity combined with an open mind, is all we need to begin to see Life ‘as it is’, free from conditioning, assumptions and misunderstandings. Quite often it is just a fleeting glimpse, but these small insights reveal more than we could ever imagine!
As our understanding grows, we begin to feel a natural gratitude – for our Practice, ourselves, and all of Life… this gratitude spontaneously arises from a source within the Heart, like a bubbling spring. Inexhaustible, and ever fresh!