Yogis! One of the things we talked a lot about on our recent retreat in Tulum was the idea of holding two opposites together in our yoga practice and what happens when we hold these two opposites long enough. This concept is told in so many different ways and in so many different yoga traditions and practices. Patanjali talks about tapas and surrender. Go into the fire and while in the fire practice surrendering. When you close off and contract you create suffering. When you open up and expand you increase your awareness. Karma Yoga from the Bhagavad Gita tells us to move with skill in action. This is like saying bring movement and stillness together. Yoga is an active practice. You have to show up.Read More
Yogis! It doesn't matter what your pose looks like. We are all subject to different conditions. You're driving around in a different car than me and I'm driving around in a different car than you. The asana is just a tool to be used to go beyond the mind and the ego.
One definition of yoga from the Bhagavad Gita is that, "yoga is skill in action". This refers to karma yoga. This is the yoga of action. What is karma yoga? Karma yoga is offering your actions to the Divine. Not focusing on the fruits of the actions or the results. How does this translate on our mat? Do your best. Your effort and the quality of your effort is far more important than the results you obtain, which are largely out of your control.