I have often wondered why it is difficult to have a conversation about practice with yoga students from other schools/disciplines. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t always the case, I have some of most revealing and insightful conversations with a long time yoga friend/teacher. This is most likely because she has a really full practice, meaning like me she is also a student of sound, Sanskrit and sutra recitation….the big picture yoga.
Practicing yoga is not practicing asana’s. Practicing yoga is not bouncing around from teacher to teacher, mixing and matching styles before really understanding any of them…and don’t even get me started on “invented” yoga styles that seems to be about entertainment, distraction, and not getting bored at any costs. I have always said that practice is the process of allowing yourself to feel just how boring a subject matter can be and at the other end of that STILL wanting to practice, STILL finding treasures. Everyday when I take to the top of the mat and chant the same invocation I have been chanting for nearly 6 years now and raise my arms overhead with that first inhale…WOW! it is like a miracle, a mystery, an endless exercise in boring fascination…..no hoops or hoopla needed.