On my way to outdoor yoga this morning I was listening to a yoga podcast. The host of the show mentioned the word “effort”. He made a distinction that it is the effort in the practice that is the real reward - not the accomplishment.
This resonated with me, and hopefully with my students as I shared my thoughts with them.
As we practiced I emphasized the effort to find the sweet spot in the pose and sustain the effort without overextending or grimacing. The effort, while uncomfortable at times, opened the body and mind to receive the grace of release, let go and effortlessness.
Without effort, effortlessness and ease would be meaningless. I have discovered this retrospectively in meditation, pranayama (breathing), surfing, long distance running and cleaning the house.
The art of seeking the joy of effort in the midst of struggle is true yoga.
One of my yoga teachers would say “Give everything to your practice. What your practice gives you is none of your business.”
To read more about effort go to my blog.
Don’t forget you can try some shorter classes if you are busy. Here is my alive-stream and outdoor schedule for this week.
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