Reaching new heights: focus on your practice

During one of our classes a couple of years ago, I asked each student to share their intention for their practice. Most everyone had one asana or another that they desired to do to their satisfaction. One of my senior students (80+ years old) said his intention is to levitate. Knowing him, I believe he will accomplish this! I think the other students started to pay more attention to what he was doing during practice, so they wouldn’t miss the big event when it happens!
This brings us to our last yama, Aparigrapha. This is jealously or the greed that is rooted in jealously. Admiring someone as they practice (an opportunity I have as a teacher) is not the same as comparing ourself to someone else as they practice. Striving to do our best (satya), while honoring our body (ahimsa), is what I hope is each person’s intention in yoga. There is really no point in coveting another’s practice. It is a waste of your precious brahamacharya (energy). Each of us will be able to get the full range out of some asanas and not so with other asanas. While you are in class, practice alone. Be within yourself, as you are surrounded a community of like-minded individuals. It is that energy that makes group practice important.
Come join us on our one year anniversary of practicing together on Monday nites at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial in Clovis. We begin at 6:30 and finish at 8pm.

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