There are so many things I wish I knew when I started the journey inward.
So, I wanted to take a moment to jot down a few things I would have told day-one-me as I started the Yoga path. These are not based solely on my experience, but also drawn from the classics and the teachers of yore. This is by no means a codex or a guide, just some basic concepts that keep coming up for me and others I journey with. Each one deserves its own explanation, but I want to keep this concise.
Its not that serious, it is just possibly the most important thing you can explore
Less is more until more is more
You are always, most likely, trying too hard
Steadiness & Ease – if you are not experiencing those at any moment, pull back or learn why.
Reach gently into discomfort, but never into pain
Breathe – pranayama is more important than poses
Find a teacher that knows more than they teach
Find a teacher that teaches pranayama
When you think you have it, you don’t
Experience is more important than understanding
There is no stretching in Yoga
Physical poses are less than 1/8th of Yoga
Respect its origins and those that gave it to us as a gift
You are not your body; you are not your thoughts; you are not your trauma; you are not your past; your are not a mistake; you are not forgotten; you are not alone; You Are.