Are you planning to start a yoga practice next year (‘tis the season of resolutions, after all)? Or perhaps you’re just plain ready to dive more fully into your existing practice? Wherever you may be, it’s my mission to see you thrive in your practice, to help you create a practice you love because it’s yours.
If you’re new to yoga, you may be wondering where to start. Or maybe you’ve studied with the same teacher consistently and feel an urge to broaden your horizons. Whatever the case, I encourage you to try different styles of yoga and seek out many teachers, both locally and globally. As you’ll come to find for yourself, each style and every teacher offers unique ways to open our hearts, heal our bodies and free our minds.
Once you step on the path of yoga, the practice is yours forever.
Please don’t feel discouraged if you take a class or try a style that doesn’t resonate with you—there are plenty of yoga styles in the sea, and one or more of them is bound to call your name. And that’s a beautiful thing, as you’re never limited to practicing just one style or with one teacher.
I’ve been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and teaching for 13 of them. I began with ashtanga vinyasa yoga, studied Raja yoga with Indian swamis, then found the art of Zen meditation. To this day, my practice embraces all three disciplines. Don’t worry about following a linear path. Explore! Trust your process of discovery and believe in your ability to recognize and carve out the path that works best for you.
Once you step on the path of yoga, the practice is yours forever. Even if you find yourself wandering from the path from time to time, the yoga will always be there, waiting for you with unconditional love, like the most patient mother. At one point or another in our lives, we all travel over some rocky and difficult terrain. That’s when we tend to find our yoga most helpful. As Patanjali, the grand master of yoga, says in his Yoga Sutras, “Yoga is to overcome the sorrow yet to come.” In other words, we practice yoga today so we can move gracefully through the troubles of tomorrow.
We have a saying here at White Peacock Yoga: “It’s your yoga.” The ancient yogis were scientists who experimented with their bodies and minds and gifted us with their vast knowledge. We can continue holding the torch of their wisdom while avoiding the rigidity of dogma. So the best thing you can do for your practice, whether you’re just starting out or aiming to dive deeper, is to consider what yoga is for you now and how your yoga can (and it will, trust me!) evolve over time.
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Best of luck in creating your yoga practice!