Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Take What You Need, Offer What You Can

During your yoga practice, take what you need. And offer what you can.

The poses should help nourish you. Ahimsa. Do no harm.

Photo by Jobi Otso. 

If you are energized, work hard. Linger in the poses the way that feels good in your body. If you are exhausted, take rest. Do a simpler version of a pose so that you can stay in longer, and steady the mind. The goal is not to find the fanciest pose, but to steady the mind.

Offer up what you can, releasing your attachment.

Photo by Jobi Otso.

Simply by showing up on your mat at the studio, you contribute to the class. Your energy is present. Your breath inspires the yogis around you. You have a profound impact on your teacher, just being there.

The next time you stand on your mat and bring your hands together in front of your heart, remind yourself to take what you need, and offer what you can. Stand on this foundation.

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