How Do You Know If Your Yoga Practice Is Serving You

If there's one thing that I have learned since starting my yoga journey it's this:PRACTICE.  But even our best laid plans, our intentions, and especially our discipline can elude us! How do you find the time? How do you know that your practice is serving you in the best ways?While you may feel stellar after a great yoga class, it's the more subtle ways in which you interact with yourself, your relationships and your experiences that reveal whether your practice is working for you. In other words, you can tell your practice is working by the measure of your life. Are you happy for the most part? Are you able to weather the storms of the inevitable change and challenge that life serves up? Are your relationships fulfilling?  Do you like who you are?

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Your Mind Is a Fishbowl

Often times the seminal text of yoga, The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is oft quoted in public classes and teacher trainings.  I found it to be one of the most confounding texts, wrought with esoterica and seemingly irrelevant sayings for today's modern human.  But once unpacked by an experienced and knowledgable teacher, the simple depths of it's teachings are revealed and in my summation amount to this:  You are not your mind, you are self-essence (or soul) witnessing your manifest experience of life.  I equate this to the image of a fish swimming in a fishbowl.  The fish is your soul, swimming around in the murky waters of your mind.  T

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