Abhyāsa vairāgyābhyām tannirodhah.
This is yoga sutra 1.12 from The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and its message is practice and non-attachment - showing up and doing the work of the practice of yoga, the work of life, of being present, without attachment to the result.
That tends to be really difficult for a lot of people.
If there’s no goal? Or how do we not be attached to the fruits of the thing that we’re working towards?”
But that is the practice. Yoga tries to teach us that it’s not always about the end goal. If it’s always about the end goal, we’re going to do it for the end goal, and we need to be doing it for the process. It’s in the process, in the repetition, in the showing up that we learn about ourselves, that we clear out the bullshit and start to find some clarity and some peace.
Yoga is about much more than the physical...
These stories are often beliefs that we’ve adopted over time and are keeping us stuck in the same patterns, places, and as the same person. Growth becomes unimaginable, because growth requires change, and change takes us out of our comfort zone.
The important thing to remember is that our beliefs are not always based on truth. We adopt beliefs based on our experiences with the world or with other people, many times during childhood, and almost always without conscious recognition of what’s occurring. Beliefs are sneaky like that.
It starts small. You begin to use the word “yet,” a lot more often.
“I can’t,” becomes “I can’t, yet.”
“I’m not strong enough,”...
"Yoga is the journey of the self
Through the self
To the self"
~ The Bahagavad Gita
When you’re not able to nail a pose, you have an incredible opportunity if you’re not yet nailing it. Consider that as a gift, because you are being delivered an opportunity to look at yourself and see how you are when you’re challenged. And how you are when things don’t come easily and quickly. In seeing that, you have the opportunity to make a choice.
Can you choose to revert to your stories (Examples: I’m not good enough, I’m too heavy, I’m too weak, etc) or you can choose to say, “Okay, this isn’t easy, and I’m going to commit without being attached to the outcome. I will commit to showing up and doing the work over and over and over.”
This is so many of us. This is human. This is what we do - we assign meaning to things.
An event is neutral. Something occurring, in and of...
Where, though, does the stress come from? It’s a response to our fear. The human stress response is intended to keep us safe from catastrophic events (like being chased by a velociraptor in prehistoric times).
Prolonged states of fear and stress can result in many chronic illnesses. And if you didn’t know, chronic illnesses make up more than 80% of the current diseases affecting the global population.
Well, for most people, arm balances and inversions are scary. Do any of these sound familiar?
When is the right time? Most of the time, the opportunities that are offered to us, the ones that really stretch us out of our comfort zone, don’t come at the right time. They come at the most inopportune, inconvenient, and least ideal moments.
AND that’s exactly when we need to lean into them.
It’s important, though, to understand yourself and truly be in alignment with your wants and needs. Why? Because opportunities for everything are everywhere, and if we just blindly go about accepting them all, we will be quickly overwhelmed and burnt out.
Once we move into that place of self-alignment, we can stop postponing our lives. How often do we put the things that call to us off because “there’s time for that later?”
LIFE IS NOW - we are not guaranteed a “later.” The only thing that exists is right now.
When we operate...
Here, you can begin to break down and tear apart the beliefs that you’ve created about yourself. At Yogi Flight School we refer to these beliefs as our stories.
Our mats are our mirrors. The way that we approach our yoga practice is often the way that we show up in our lives and in the world.
For example, when you are struggling to nail an arm balance, inversion, or even one of the more common yoga poses that you’ve been working on for what feels like an eternity or perhaps are simply unable to do that day, how do you respond?
When things don’t happen as you expected them to in life - when you don’t reach your goals in the...
I’ve been thinking about “purpose,” and what it means to do work in the world that’s aligned with your purpose. I hear that term a lot - it gets thrown around in the entrepreneurship and self-help worlds, but I’ve found it hard to grasp.
I know when I was stuck at my computer 8-10 hours a day in an office with no windows inside a warehouse earning my six figure salary selling things I didn’t care about to people I didn’t know, I sure as hell couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of work with purpose (insert vomit emoji).
I was on the merry-go-round and it felt completely purposeless. Get up, go to work, go to yoga (thank god for yoga), go home, do some more work/watch some brainless TV, go to bed, repeat. 10 freaking years. Some of us do it for 50 freaking years.
I’m so glad my feeling of stuck-ness got so bad that I couldn’t breathe any more, because I had no choice but to change it.
I’ve learned so much over...