Until one is committed, there is a hesitancy, the chance to draw back. The moment one definitely commits oneself then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Gothe
With the arrival of September comes renewed focus and commitment to your yoga practice! In honor of this urge to start a fall regime, I would like to offer some insight in to first Yoga Sutra “Atha” Readiness and commitment.
Atha here means beginning the study of who we are, where we are, and how we can make incremental changes to our inner and outer self in order to be less involved with material objects and more in tune with how we feel and how our actions affect those around us.
Learning, practicing, and integrating the various aspects of yoga happens over a long period of time and requires patience and perseverance.
A heart-mind that is fresh and open will absorb information like a sponge. Repetition reinforces the knowledge learned by creating a pattern in the heart-mind. Young children are a perfect example of open heart-minds learning through repetition. Cultivating a beginner’s mind during our studies will allow us to truly grasp the profound depths of yoga.
Commitment holds a solid, grounding energy that provides stability and structure to our lives. Deciding to learn and experience what yoga really is requires diligence and effort, which will undoubtedly yield more fruit over time. Yoga is a lifestyle designed to develop and refine our body, mind, and heart, our thoughts, words, and actions.
Source: The Path of the Yoga Sutras By: Nicole Bachman