Aloha Yoga friends and family,
Just a quick summer update. Boy, it sure has been a great summer here on Maui. Before it passes me by, I’m going to go to the West side for 2 days next week. I plan on doing yoga and getting into the water and going to “Choice” restaurant for some raw foods. Lani will be substituting for me on Thurs. Aug. 8th. She has recently added to her yoga education by taking a yoga philosophy class. Here are a couple of her favorite sutras:
Abhyasa/Practice (1.13) and Vairagya/Non-attachment (1.15) are the two core principles on which the entire system of yoga rests (1.12).
These sutras describe an attitude of dedication, commitment and persistent effort over an extended period of time (Abhyasa) without any expectation or attachment to outcome (Vairagya).
Expectations limit our experience. They contract our vision, take us out of the present moment and inevitably set us up for disappointment. The contraction created by expectations is counter-productive to yoga, which is all about expansion on every level (physical, mental, energetic and spiritual). It is important to remember that our asana practice is a practice; not a perfect. We never master yoga; we can always go deeper. There is no finish line; the goal is the journey of Self-realization.
This principle extends beyond our asana practice to our daily lives. In a broader context, our life is our practice. In these sutras, we are being asked to show up, do the work, and be present without expectation/attachment to outcome. When we are able to release expectations and/or attachments re: how we think we want things to be, we open ourselves to being fully present with the miracle and the mystery of what is and who we really are…Our Oceanfront Yoga Classes are every Thursday andSunday at 8:00 am.
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