the yoga love

on the mat is a state of mind

Day 8: yoga ain’t all happiness & enlightenment

A lot of people equate yin yoga with props and restorative poses. If you’re feeling restored, you’re probably not doing it right. I equate yin yoga with pain and suffering, for a good cause, of course, but pain and suffering all the same. Maybe it’s not that painful, but I’m making a point. It’s the suffering that brings us closer – to the perfect expression of the pose, to ourselves, to our truth. It’s the journey that we experience; it’s in traveling that we learn. Once we’re there, we get it. The destination is the reward, we become this person that we’ve been working toward, but the getting there is the juice.

In yin class, coming out of the pose is the reward, and you have to work for that sweet release. I try to remember this during three minutes of not-so-happy baby, and relish those moments of pain, because then I know I’m really growing, truly moving forward.

***addendum – clearly my brain was mush last night after class since this is all I came up with =D

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This entry was posted on 01/19/2010 by in Mala, yogalove.

more downward dog, less downward spiral

Smile, be happy!

"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it." ā€” Elizabeth Gilbert

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