If you're around yoga people for any length of time, you're going to hear the word "practice" coming up often. More experienced practitioners speak of their "practice" in almost reverential tones. But what is practice? As San Francisco yoga teacher Judith Lasater says,
practice is doing what we don't know how to do.
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If we regard yoga as a practice, as a process of uncovering what we don't know, we will see that this attitude creates the opportunity for energy, curiosity and joy in our ex-perience of yoga. I encourage my students to develop a sense of listening instead of improving, being curious instead of correcting.
Just like the piano player who becomes immersed in music, or the person who begins to dream in the foreign language they're trying to learn, we can become so engaged in our practice that we can forgo our small, critical selves.
The word mindfulness has been co-opted recently, but that is what I am describing. Perhaps we call it presence. And presence permits us to perceive our senses directly without analysis, interpretation, or comparisons. When attention is fresh and immediate, a whole new inner way to sense our bodies can arise.
It is tempting to measure and compare ourselves, not just in yoga, but in every aspect of our lives.
Learning to be whole-hearted about our yoga practice can lead us to wholehearted-ness in our lives. And life, of course, is another deep "practice" that none of us really know how to do!
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