For me, Yoga is not about transforming into something you are not, but rather it is about transforming into the true you, returning to who you really are.
Yoga works like that.
I remember this from our recent book club read, Tree Of Yoga by BKS Iyengar.
“Yoga works on your intelligence. Yoga works on your senses. Yoga works on your flesh. Yoga works on your organs of perception. Thus, it is known as the global art.”
I love the way Iyengar speaks of health being “religious” and I believe that a healthy life or a “religious” life asks you to stay present. In fact, it requires it. That is the discipline for me. Staying present is healthy. Health is religious. It’s soooo hot right now.
This practice requires us to not withdraw but rather to stay in, all in. Often in my classes I remind my friends that we are here to check in, not to check out. While we might think of Yoga as an escape it is actually a return. A practice of embrace. You can play all the zen flute you want and light fire to all the nag champa in the world. You can block out the studio windows and you can dim the lights to sexy – but the “global art” that Iyengar speaks of, in my opinion, is not about zoning out, zen-ing out or escaping. It is about checking in. It is about exploring, staying curious and finding that return back home. Back to your true colors. Back to your finest truest self.
“When your body, mind and soul are healthy and harmonious, you will bring health and harmony to those around you and health and harmony to the world-not by withdrawing from the world but being a healthy living organ of the body of humanity.”
So Yoga Works. If you do the work. But the work can simply be staying present. Start there. That is why I love FIND what feels good. It is about the exploration and that sweet curious check-in each day.
PS: Join us as we read and discuss (and goof off) here at the Yoga With Adriene Book Club! Next book is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. Read at your own pace. Read book club books of the past or future. There are no rules. Or, if there are, they are meant to be broken here people. Read!
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