Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Yoga Sutra 1.1

Atha Yoganusasanam

Now the practice or discipline of yoga. (Anand)

Now yoga is shared or offered. (Judith Lasater)

Yoga Sutra 1.1

"Yoga has power when we give it away in the world. How can we give our practice away? If asana is all we do. How boring is that? Being willing to be radically present is yoga. Because we're usually never completely present in our lives. We're eating and thinking about our next meal. We're listening to someone tell a story, and we're thinking about what we will say while they are talking. Our typical mantra: What's next? To learn the art of radical presence is yoga. The beautiful thing about asana is that we cannot multitask. We can't do down dog and triangle pose at the same time. For today, put down what you're doing when someone speaks to you and give them your full attention. The first time, you will feel irritated. However, it will change the connection with you and the other person. This really isn't about them. It's about you. Take a vow of listening. Others need our presence not our advise."--JL


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