I had an epiphany from yoga yesterday: I am thankful for having this body of mine as a vessel. But there is more.
Yoga is not about the body. Yoga practice is like putting together a puzzle. The breath is the clue. The puzzle is a glimpse of my whole being for the moment. Take asanas as the little pieces of the puzzle; they are just a tool, but keeping the intention on the wholeness of the picture. Sometimes as you put them together, they don’t fit, and have the courage to back off, assess, try again in an intelligent way. Pay attention to the clue… yes, the BREATH. Oh it’s so important!
What else do you need besides the breath? You will need patience (lots of it!) for trials and errors (it’s part of the journey); compassion for not taking it or yourself too seriously (and respecting your body as a vessel); focus on the pieces as well as the big picture (not to lose sight or get distracted), and passion to keep on (because you love yourself). But the breath…. oh the breath, it’s your biggest ally and supporter. When you feel lost or frustrated, dig deep with it. Listen to it. Notice that once you finish this puzzle (whenever or whatever that may be — the end picture is different for everyone), be humbled, be curious about the purpose of why you started this journey to begin with, be marveled by the limitless potential we each have in us. Then shake the puzzle pieces up and do it over again. Remember, the completed puzzle was just a glimpse of your intention visualized for the moment. And next time, the puzzle will be different.
That’s why yoga never gets dull or boring. There is always a new puzzle to work on.