When I think of people that have changed or shaped the world to become a better place, B.K. S. Iyengar is on the top of this list. Followed by millions, this man shaped they way many of us practice yoga.
Born with illness, B.K.S. Iyengar transformed himself into health through hard work and constant discipline. Through his books I learned ways to be a dedicated yogi, the power of breath and how to use a block to create balance and proper alignment in postures. I never had the chance to meet him before his passing away this week but he has touched millions of lives through his teachings and inspired many, myself included.
I am always grateful for the lessons I receive from my teachers, the ones that I practice with in studios, the ones that show up in other ways or forms and the teachers I learn from through books and examples.
Thank you B.K.S. Iyengar for all your teachings.
"The hardness of a diamond is part of it's usefulness, but it's true value is in the light that shines through it." -B.K.S. Iyengar
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Judith Lasater has a beautiful book where she offers daily practices for every day of the year to help embody yoga in your life. Here's what the book says for Friday August.15;
"Wasted time is the time I spend not being present with my life."
Living your yoga: there is really no such thing as wasted time if I am fully present with myself as each moment arises. Right now, stop, take a breath, observe what you are feeling, note what you are thinking, and look at what is going on around you. Hold these observations lightly and evenly. Practice this whenever you can, and the moments will not be wasted.
May you make the best of your time,
The Yogo.tv team
Thursday, 7 August 2014
I have this beautiful vision of how my yoga practice will be each day. I will wake up early and with the house still quiet I will head downstairs and roll out my mat on the back deck. The sun will be warm but the air still cool from the evening and I will find a tall seat on my mat facing our garden. I will then have plenty of time to sit, to breath and then to move my body through an asana practice finished off with a long still savasana. Dreamy right?
I have struggled with needing the perfect setting, the perfect time of day and even the noise around me to feel like I can do my practice. Over the past few weeks I have challenged myself to let go of this expectation I have on how my practice should look and tried to embrace my practice however it comes up in the day. Most days I get downstairs before the kids and have enough time to sit, it is a lovely way to start the day and then my asana practice follows in many different forms. Some days I get a little in during the morning, some while making lunch and the rest while I am hanging out in the evening. Some days I am in the backyard while my kids hang all over me or excitedly show me their practice. Some days I sit alone and some days my kids sit and chant with me.
My practice has been so fulfilling since I let go of this idea on how it should look each day. I feel less pressure and at the end of the day I am no longer disappointed that I didn’t get to practice. My practice is mine so it really can look and feel however I need it to look and feel to create the space I need. The same goes for all of us, this is your practice, you can take it on however and whenever you feel inspired to.
May you find yoga all through your day in different forms and different moments and may it continue to inspire you even when it means your trikonasana is between chopping veggies and setting the table.