So I’ve been thinking a lot lately, maybe too much.
Mostly thinking about what is posted often on Facebook within the Yoga community.
Workshop here, workshop there. Come learn this, come learn that. Learn to fly, float, freeze, love, listen, blah, blah, blah, blah. These posters are inspirational and the workshops often highly informational – but I find the abundance of them overwhelming, and can often leave us striving to master a certain series of poses or even doubt our own ability.
It seems we are missing the point. The point? You ask.
Well…as an Ashtangi – the point is just to practice and to start understanding and trusting the process of the practice by practicing.
This yearning for THE POSE can often lead us down the ‘head up your ass’ path or as some might call TUNNEL Vision.
(The below is not a pose we are looking to accomplish – but it’s not far off one of the poses in second series).
While I think it’s nice to have tips to get from point A to point B. I often think the tips without foundation can do more harm then good. There is no fast track unfortunately, and accepting this , I find, is critical to the ultimate surrender that is you – the surrender to your yoga – your union.
The point is The Practice. The practice done correctly IS the teacher. The practice reveals the teacher that is you. Every time you practice; 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours – whatever – provides you the chance to learn more about yourself on that given day.
When we place too much emphasis on the external and lose sight of the internal, we lose the ability to realize that the teacher we seek is staring us down in the mirror every morning.
My teacher Tim Miller said once – that it is important to discern the quantity and quality of information you get. Meaning – sometimes too much information – too many different views – makes the practitioner crazy. I even think this is taught by ancient teachers – to pick one teacher, from a lineage, and stick with that teacher. This is the hardest part…because some days, especially the days you are battling yourself – those are the days you want to jump ship and it is at this point to not jump around – it is at this point that things really begin to shift.
This concept is true of any kind of information we take in or any kind of practice we take up…too much information makes us crazy – kind of like reading WEB MD and then jumping all over the web in search for the cure for the symptom we are dealing with.
So I ask you to simplify…to discern..and be wise in how you apply your efforts and the information you take in – not just in your practice – but also in your life (I will promise to do this with you). Instead of jumping around – settle down – and just go through the work – one dusty corner at a time.
I have found that when I edit the information I take in and when I simply show up to do the work – the answers are revealed (some answers have taken a long F’n time – but I had some heavy gunk to remove to reveal the truth), and they show up on my time – not on any one elses. This is truly one of the magical mysteries of it all and it’s totally personal.
It’s you and the mat…you and your meditation cushion…whatever it is you practice. It’s not about the teacher or the workshop – it’s about you. Ultimately, the yoga practice is meant to be a home practice where we are with ourselves, guiding ourselves…this does require some coaxing – but eventually you become your teacher under the guidance of someone who has experienced what you are going through now or will be experiencing. Crazy concept in todays wild wild west of yoga studios.
Do the practice – whatever that is for you – find yourself in the work.
Learn to start trusting the ultimate teacher that is you.