Happy Healthy and Fit

Friday, April 6, 2012

What Do Yoga Splits and Spring have in Common?

Spring is a wonderful time to reflect on the cycle of nature and process of life.

As a yoga teacher, new students often ask about how to get into a certain pose. The Truth is they are trying to pull the flower out of the seed by force. No matter how hard you try, you will never find the flower in the seed until it is ready to appear organically. The same is true of yoga poses.

As I look outside and see signs of spring, I am reminded that they did not appear instantly. Anything blossoming now was planted seasons or years ago and has stayed true to its path. It through constant commitment and continuous effort that results are produced. Yoga is something that needs to be practiced regularly to really enjoy the results. You cannot stick a seed in the ground and then pull it out every few days dust it off and replant it and expect it to blossom.

The same is true of yoga. According to B.K.S. Iyengar, yoga teaches you to know your limitations and then to build from them. You are never too old and it is never too late to begin or resume a regular yoga practice. The beauty is not in doing the perfect pose, but in revealing your inner beauty.

Discipline and diligent practice are the only way to open the body to new yoga poses. To force a yoga pose destroys the process and potential. Forcing the body into a position it is not ready for is like tearing the seed apart. You will not enjoy the true essence and benefits.

Wherever you are today is the seed. Plant it and practice until you have developed firm roots. When it is cultivated skillfully and continuously for a long time, you will blossom organically. Spring has different characteristics all over the world, things may be blooming in Arizona or Florida right now, but in Utah or Canada, spring means the snow is beginning to melt. Either way, more light is being revealed each day and there is a great awakening.

What do yoga and spring have in common? You cannot rush a flower, but you can learn from it. Whether it is a specific yoga pose, a dream vacation, new home, college degree, loving relationship or business you desire, plant your seeds and nurture them lovingly. Have fun in the process and trust that infinite patience produces immediate results.

Being Happy Healthy and Fit means understanding the measurable results require getting started and applying continuous and conscious effort. May your inner beauty radiate today and grow more powerful with each passing day. Happy Spring and Namaste~

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