Nirodhaḥ Yoga Blog
One of the major ideas of yogic philosophy is that we all have a personal dharma or duty to accomplish in our lifetime. Unlike a to-do list, this dharma is accomplished through both our intentional and unintentional thoughts, words, and actions.
A unique set of circumstances has brought us to this place and time. These circumstances have affected our body-mind’s forming and refining, but we also affect the circumstances around us. If we are here together studying yoga, then it is part of our dharma.
When looked at in this light, our yoga practice becomes more than a way to perfect the body or even the mind. Our practice becomes a way in which we may more positively affect the world. I’m talking more than just asana here.
Our yoga practice is simultaneously something we have been graced by and something by which we can grace. Does this seem lofty?
Consider, when you leave your yoga mat or meditation cushion are you calmer? More content? Harder to rattle? So, your practice is a gift to yourself and a gift to the world.
Our yoga practice becomes a duty when we see how beneficial it is for the way we move within the world. It’s easy to skip out on practice when we think it’s just for us. But when it’s for our family, our co-workers, and for struggling strangers, it’s harder to justify skipping it.
Even the Buddha says; “To keep the body in good health is a duty… Otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”
So, I wish you good health and a strong, clear mind. I wish you a life that is served for the benefit of humanity and existence itself. Like a beautiful flower that opens just because. A delight for the universe.
Just some thoughts about yoga as I go...
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