"The only one stopping you from adding joy to your life each day is you!
You have the choice to tune into sadness or joy during your day.
Know that Joy is always available at the top of the dial."
Sometimes the practice of yoga triggers deeply seeded behavioral patterns and brings them to the surface.
When you practice you may even find that the irritation increases and you might be wondering what is wrong with you and your practice if it takes you to this “un-yogic” place.
“How can you say that yoga is not designed to make my suffering disappear?”
We are like this not because we are mean, bad or unworthy, but because this behavioral pattern is one of our most common tools towards dealing with the impact of life.
“Why is my teacher giving him/her a new fun asana when I am clearly better and have practiced much longer and could rock that out!?”
The two first limbs, the Yamas and Niyamas - Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truthfullness), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (refraining from sexual indulgence) & Aparigraha (detachment), as well as Saucha (cleanliness), Santosha (contentment), Tapas (austerity), Svadhyaya (study towards self knowledge) & Isvarapranidhana (surrender to God/higher self) - accurately creates a powerful navigational map which we can turn to in the face of our emerging Ari chat Vargas.
Editor: Tanya Lee Markul
Tim Feldmann is a yoga practitioner who teaches extensively in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Authorized to teach by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois he is dedicated to Ashtanga’s traditional method and is currently practicing the Advanced A series. He is the co-founder of Miami life Center which he runs with his wife, Kino MacGregor. More info here and here.
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"Weights made my neck thick, and I would be like, 'I'm turning into a monster! Yoga takes what you have and molds and sculpts it, which is a much more natural way to look and feel."
"I don't like how people bullshit about how yoga is not about vanity."
"Playing a show before thousands of people is a highly unnatural state.. and when I get on the mat to do an hour of yoga before the show, I come out physically relaxed. For me, that's a form of meditation."