30 Days of Yogi Wisdom – Day 9 featuring Selvarajan Yesudian
“Yoga does not expect us to flee from the world and to retire into the Himalayas. It assures us: the refuge you seek you will never find in the outside world. It is within you.”
So often I find myself saying, ‘If only I could go on a yoga retreat or do some more teacher training or live in a Himalayan refuge or quit my job and get a guru. Then I’d really be able to focus on attaining enlightenment.’ It’s like I have all these excuses for not focusing on my yoga that seem super legit in my mind but in reality, they’re just excuses.
The yogis encourage us to remember that we don’t need to control all of our externals in order to focus on our internal well-being. We can practice yoga, meditation and peaceful living absolutely anywhere and under any circumstances. In fact, Selvarajan Yesudian encourages us to recognize that yoga actually has nothing to do with our external environment. It is entirely an internal exercise designed to help us wherever we find ourselves.
This quote comforts me. I come back to it time and time again whenever I feel like I’m making excuses for not getting my practice on. I find it encouraging and reassuring to know that yoga is not just for the elite. It’s for everyone no matter what stage of life you’re in or where in the world you are located. And, if we find ourselves in that place where we feel like we need to get away then all we have to do is book some time with ourselves and take a journey to your inner refuge.
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