Yoga practice is like an obstacle race. It is in overcoming obstacles that you find your strength and expand your capacity. When you encounter obstacles in life, you are faced with two choices. You can choose to stop or become unstoppable. Obstacles can be real or imagined. They can be large or small. Does a road closure send you back home or drive you to find a new path? Does losing a job send you into a state or depression or create the sensation of ecstasy that you may now discover your life’s purpose? Does the end of a relationship leave you feeling empty and insignificant, broken down or broken open to the uniting with your soul mate?
According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Book 1:30, it is the constant and continuous effort of overcoming obstacles that keep the mind sharp and engaged. Thereby protecting it from the real dangers: disease, dullness, doubt, carelessness, laziness, sensuality, false perception, false perception, failure to reach firm ground and slipping from the ground gained.
I love teaching and sharing yoga with the world. It is an amazing feeling to introduce people to the simple technology of breath and movement. It is like plugging in a lamp and turning it on after it has been sitting for years looking like a decoration. Suddenly there is Light. The potential was always there and the sky is the limit. The way you approach your yoga practice is reflective of the way you approach your life. You can see the weak areas as obstacles and stop or embrace the fact that you now know where to focus your efforts to become unstoppable. The problem is many people are intimidated by yoga or allow the ego to believe things like: I am not good at it, I am not flexible, I am overweight, I am too old, I don’t have the time, I went once and didn’t like it, I can’t do those kinds of moves, etc.
These are simply manufactured obstacles. It is just like learning to walk, talk, read and write. You must begin somewhere and accept the infancy stage is always the beginning. To begin as an expert of anything defies natural laws. You have the strength, you just don’t know it. You need to be challenged and tested to overcome your own limitations and strengthen your desire and will. Doing what is simple and easy is like a river that just flows without expressing its power. Put an obstacle in the flow, like a dam, and you can see its strength in the form of tremendous electrical power.
You are the water. Yoga is your path to infinite power! Feel it! Own it! Be it! Whether you want to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, start a business, buy a home or plant a garden, the regular practice of yoga will give you the strength and tenacity to overcome the obstacles and be unstoppable.
Much love to Randi Smith, for her powerful contribution this week.