Practice Makes Perfect Or At Least Your Best Version Of It...

Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.

— Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

To think this yoga journey started long ago and there is still so much to learn.  I have a history of taking a long time to really get something, with some hard life lessons that I had to go through many times to hear the message loud and clear.  I like to think of myself as God's "special" student...

Honestly, every time I have ever judged someone, I myself have had to live through the experience.  It's only human to do that, but with practicing mindfulness in your daily life, that judgment tends to fall away.  It's that unconditional love for oneself that doesn't just end at you, it permeates to all living things you come in contact with... And so, it's a practice.  A practice that I am far from perfecting.  But, much better off for doing.

  I literally dumped myself into the poses...not getting what it was to really feel my muscles wrapping around the bones holding myself up in a strong manner. 

And, so this leads me to my physical Yoga practice.  I think the way you live your life mimics the way you are on the mat.  And in hindsight, I lived my life very impulsively. That has changed through the years, as I have grown with my practice and all in a good way.  When I look back, I tended to first focus only on the asana and the fact that I was overly flexible.  I literally dumped myself into the poses...not getting what it was to really feel my muscles wrapping around the bones holding myself up in a strong manner. 

Within the past few years I have really changed my perspective on my practice.  I joke with my students that I recently just got how to do mountain pose but I'm not kidding.  I was never really truly giving it my all and fully understanding how powerful of a pose Tadasana is... I was just taking it for granted, that this is easy and I just stand here.  Well, there is so much more involved in that pose and just like many other things in life... we sometimes just skim the surface and tend not go too deep.   

So they say in Yoga, your mountain pose is your foundation for all other poses.  Standing tall and strong, reaching up through the crown of your head; feeling that divine connection with God or Heaven, relaxing your shoulders, and reaching down through all four corners of your feet; growing strong roots reaching down into the Earth, breathing, strong, capable and ready to take on whatever life throws at you.  

Tadasana pose is the epitome of life.  When you are standing anywhere, stand strong like that mountain, giving you a strength that has been built over thousands of years.  When you stand strong in your mountain pose, whether it be in your practice or life, know that YOU ARE CAPABLE OF ALL GREAT THINGS!