People won't remember what you said or did, but how they felt around you.
Slowing down is the precursor to yoga practice because this simple act allows us to consider our thoughts, feelings and actions more carefully in the light of our desire to live peacefully.
Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms, you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.
As you progress in your Yoga practice, take the time to pause frequently and ask, “Who am I becoming through this practice? Am I becoming the kind of person I would like to have as a friend?"
Vocation is that place where a deep gladness in your heart meets a deep need in the world.
Allow the mind to observe itself without the clutter of its thoughts. Allow the heart to observe itself without its wounds.
Everything is going to be okay in the end--if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.
Remember the goal is not to tie ourselves in knots-we’re already tied in knots. The aim is to untie the knots in our heart. The aim is to un-tie with the ultimate, loving, and peaceful power of the universe and fully awaken into the highest level of human consciousness.
While practicing yoga do not kill the instinct of the body for the glory of the pose. Do not look at your body as a stranger, but adopt a friendly approach towards it. Watch it, listen to it, observe its needs, its requests, and even have fun.
The asana is really not the yoga. It is the residue the asana leaves in our minds and bodies and hearts that is the yoga.
The cracked vase lasts.
Find the feeling rather than the position.
Becoming human means discovering our fullness and learning to live from it.
Yoga is about adaptability, not flexibility.
Intention is how you choose to manifest this moment.
Excellence does not require perfection.
Until we understand what the land is, we are at odds with everything we touch. And to come to that understanding it is necessary, even now, to leave the regions of our conquest-the cleared fields, the towns and cities, the highways-and re-enter the woods.
You don’t need to practice every day, only on days you want to feel better.
Let the beauty you love be what you do.
Our practice is ultimately an act of remembrance. We remember who we are at our best. We remember our goodness and capacity to forgive. We remember our courage. And from that place we act, we make choices that shape our life. This we can trust. Of this we are certain.
~ Max Strom
Enhancing the respiratory function is the surest and simplest way to increase the adaptive capacity in the organism.
A good posture practice alone produces better health, strength, and flexibility, i.e., certain health and athletic benefits. But a practice of postures combined with a devoted breathing practice will open the lungs and release old grief from the chest and shoulders and hips, calming the nervous system and causing the storm within the mind to begin to recede.
Yoga is the practice of action and reflection, it is not yoga without both.
I believe that through the consistent practices of opening the heart center and quieting the mind, we can begin the natural liberation of one of our highest functions, the conscience. Once the conscience is awakened, ethical issues seem to become clearer as a new compassion for our fellow men and women leads us to actions which are kind and just.
We know who we are, but not who we might become.
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