Where do you begin with yoga?

Posted on: October 31st, 2013
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Where do you begin with yoga? What is the foundation? Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced teacher there’s always more to learn and explore; the philosophy, the postures, breathing, meditation, finding your self (!). The beautiful thing is there is no right or wrong way. There is no destination and there is nowhere to arrive. On the path of yoga, students and teachers walk side by side.

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“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” ~ Buddhist Proverb

This is both a gift and a challenge. You can do anything you want! So where do you begin? It can be as simple as this: You keep walking in a direction and you’ll receive feedback, with that feedback you can adjust course and continue walking in a more intentional direction; You do a yoga posture, receive feedback and adjust. You make major life decisions, receive feedback and adjust. Your path will be unique to you. Fortunately, yoga as a path is so well traveled, you can be sure you’re walking on solid ground. You probably even have some definite next steps: go to a class, talk to a teacher, practice at home. As you continue to walk, the horizon appears clearer. You take a step, receive feedback and adjust.

”Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

As the feedback comes in, it can get messy. Emotions come up. Friends give advice. Media distracts you. You keep walking and things keep changing. The feedback can feel overwhelming. That horizon never gets closer! Eventually you might even feel like you’ve lost direction and want to give up. This is normal. So, maybe you adjust and see a different perspective. Maybe this is yoga. Instead of filling your mind with images of happiness out on the horizon, you look within. Instead of dwelling on what you don’t want, you can direct your mind to what you do want. Maybe that’s a great place to begin.

“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new horizons but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust

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