Sunday, January 15, 2012

Reality

I'll admit it, I've been known to get sucked into some of those "reality" dating shows.  Not quality programming, as far as I'm concerned.  And really, nothing but a waste of time. (No offense to anyone out there who loves these shows or who might be involved with them).

Here's the thing...you could "fall in love" with just about anyone, on those shows.  Participants are sent off to beautiful, exotic locations.  They stay in wonderful accommodations.  They have nothing to worry to about when they're there.  They simply need to focus on themselves & "finding love".

Back at home....work, bills, traffic, sick kids or parents, a broken car, laundry...it's a different story.

As crazy as this sounds, the same holds true for yoga.  Practicing yoga is comparatively easy when you go off on a retreat.  When you remove yourself from the details & demands of your everyday life.  When you surround yourself with like minded people.  And your only concern is practicing your yoga.  Pretty easy.

Back at home....work, bills, traffic, sick kids or parents, a broken car, laundry...it's a different story.  These things become obstacles & excuses as to why we can't practice.  

Maintaining a loving relationship in the face of the demands & details of everyday life can be challenging. Rewarding & worth it beyond words, but challenging.

Practicing yoga in the face of the demands & details of everyday life can be challenging. Rewarding & worth it beyond words, but challenging.

Finding time for yourself, to get on your mat, and practice asana (the physical poses).  Finding the strength & patience to practice yamas & niyamas (the "10 commandments" of yoga).  This is challenging in the face of your everyday life - but this is where you need it the most.  This is where you, and everyone around you, will benefit the most.

Your practice is meant to be taken off your mat - into your everyday life.  What you learn in the studio, on your mat, at a retreat, in a bootcamp - this is meant to be carried into your everyday life.  And by taking your yoga off your mat, by living your yoga, you show others how they too can benefit from this practice.

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