30 Days of Yogi Wisdom – Day 16 featuring T.K.V. Desikachar
“The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.”
Yes. So good! I think that our asana practice on our yoga mats is like a practice for being in the real world, in real life. Our mats are a microcosm of our lives. For example, how we react on our mats when we have to do a yoga posture we dislike (how we breathe, where our mind goes, how we feel, how we interact with our body, our fellow practitioners and our teacher) is entirely the same as how we react in our lives when we have to do something we dislike like paying our taxes or disciplining our children. The guided awareness we practice on our yoga mats prepares us to handle the situations that come up in our day to day lives with a greater wisdom around our patterns of behavior and our understanding of our perspective and reality.
This deeper level of understanding of ourselves that we can glean when we practice the postures on our mat indeed makes us better people off our mat because it forces us to become more mindful, present, and in tune with our body’s needs. The appearance of our yoga postures is perhaps more irrelevant than most people think as success in yoga can be determined not necessarily by how a yoga posture looks (as it will inevitably look different for everyone who practices) but by how it affects the practitioner on the mat as well as off the mat. This understanding, as T.K.V. Desikachar alludes, is profound!
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