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  • Weekend Intention: Embrace the Journey

    Yoga and Devotion

    I was asked the other day: "What makes yoga so different from other types of exercise.” I paused. I meditated on it for a moment. Then, I muttered some lazy reply about the spiritual component or something along those lines. Truth is, I didn’t really have a solid answer in that moment. Perhaps a part of me didn’t really want to reflect on it. I already know and feel yoga to be different than any other physical practice I have experienced. It's super experiential. Knowing and feeling it is enough for me. Sometimes understanding it all doesn’t really matter.

    But then, it hit me…

    I was, per usual, striking up an asana chat with a fellow yogi. On and on we went about arm balances, hip openers, twists, physical limitations, and asanas we considered (or would soon consider) walks in the park. All very riveting stuff, I know. And then…this escaped my mouth:

    “The thing about yoga is even when you feel you have mastered a pose…there is still room to go deeper or learn something new.”

    I called the poses microcosms of infinite potential.

    Then, I realized (as I have in many different ways at many different stages) that the yoga practice is totally a metaphor for life.

    That’s what makes yoga so different. That’s what makes it stand out from the crowd of physical practices. Yoga is a metaphor for life.

    Then, hours later, the conversation picked up again with the same yogi. We briefly touched on romantic relationships and the potential “tests” that arise in relationships. Me and my idealist of a brain said something along the lines of, “Well, there should be no tests...not with your partner.” Then, this was handed to me:

    “The thing about relationships is even when you feel you have mastered one…there is still room to go deeper or learn something new.”

    Well played, my friend. Well played and so true. You can apply this yoga-inspired lesson to just about anything.

    Because, really, there is no mastery. There is only the journey – a journey of unfolding possibilities and infinite potential. That’s yoga. That’s life. The mat is a powerful place because it continuously teaches us that there is infinitesimal ways to go even deeper and raise our vibration (and the vibration of others around us) even higher. As long as we are living and breathing, there is no stopping point. There is no end goal. There is, instead, constant evolution.

    So, don’t get caught up in this illusion of an end goal in yoga or in life. Your practice teaches you that there is no such thing. Heck, I’m still discovering and rediscovering Warrior I and I started my relationship with it about 10 years ago. That’s a good thing! We want our practices, relationships, and lives to keep us on our toes. We want to keep evolving and elevating. So, if you think you’ve mastered something, think again, yogis. There is still room to go deeper or learn something new.

    Think not?

    Try out these advanced online yoga practices. Then, get back to me.

    Embrace the journey,

    ~Tess

    “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” Ernest Hemingway

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