Happy Healthy and Fit

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ahhhhh...Ashtanga~ the Discipline of Yoga and Path to Bliss

Practice and all is coming!  ~K. Pattabhi Jois
Yoga is often associated primitively with the idea of relaxation or potentially blissful euphoria.  It is true, ultimately, like a tree produces a flower and then a fruit, the fullest potential of yoga is Samadhi, a state of joy and peace.  Samadhi is the stage where you realize the pure essence of all that exists.

Ashtanga yoga in modern day is the disciplined practice of a sequence of postures and focused breathing technique.  It literally translates to mean the Eight Limbs of Yoga.  Patanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutras describes them by drawing parallels to limbs of a tree.  Wisdom and spirituality unfold in the way a tree grows.  A seed contains infinite fruit, but requires disciplined attention to reach its potential.  You cannot just crack the seed and pull out endless fruit.  Nature is steady and gradual.

Every tree has the same goal, to reach toward the light.  Every person has the same goal to Be Happy and Healthy, to move toward Enlightenment or 'the light within.'  Bringing awareness to this idea is like recognizing you have the seed.  Want the fruit inside?  Discipline is the only pathway to reap the benefits.

K. Pattabhi Jois, the founder of Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India says "99% Practice and 1% Theory" when referring to revealing your inner potential through the practice if yoga.  Only through practice, can you begin to taste the fruits of your efforts. Talking about starting a yoga practice, buying books or watching videos is like buying seeds and soil and never planting your garden.

It is only through the practice of yoga that you will begin to develop personal insights.  You will bring awareness to your areas in need of improvement, you will notice how you move is how you live.  Do you force your way into poses?  Do you force your way and will in life?  Through yoga, you will learn to surrender, to go with the flow, to move deeper inside is to move deeper outside.  Through discipline, concentration develops.  Concentration leads to meditation and there deep inside lies Samadhi~ ecstasy.

Yes, ecstasy is the fruit of yoga, just as an apple lies inside the seed of another apple.  The question is what are you willing to do to manifest, cultivate and harvest your amazing potential, the delicious fruit inside of you, your best self, your best life?

Results require disciplined action in yoga, business, life and love.  Whether you are dieting, going to school, starting a business, training for a marathon or cultivating more love in your life; daily discipline produces results.  Planting the seed becomes the 1% theory.  Conscious, awareness and action are the 99% Practice or magic tools to manifesting and harvesting your dreams.

You know what to do.  Want results?  With a daily dose of discipline all your dreams are within reach.  Like K. Pattabhi Jois said, "Practice and all is coming!"

Being Happy Healthy and Fit means knowing discipline makes the difference.  Life is Short.  Make Yours Magical.  Produce Results!

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