yoga is a state of mind
my favorite Shiva Sutra is Chaitanyam Atma. Consciousness is the self. its so simple and so perfect. how we choose to identify ourselves is how we are. the self is vast but if we chose to identify with manas ( the mind- little self) instead of Atman ( the big self) then that is how our experience of the world will be. thank goddess we have so many changes to chose this path. the way we are every day every moment if you loose it one moment you can always choose it in the next . i am very aware of this because today i have not been in the state of yoga. first i had to much caffeine. then i forgot to drink water. then i hectically rushed about trying to do 1 million things really fast without thinking. i arrived at my class this evening speeding like a demon and crazy eyed. i finally sat down and took a big breath and remembered once more why i do this why i practice and why i teach. it is a blessing and a gift to be able to take time to remind each other that this is what we are all here for. not to get nice abs not to wear your cute pants but to truly use these tools ( asana, prananyama, mediation) and be supported by this community to connect back to your true .. vast… amazing self. we are always flowing in, out, and through this state of consciousness this state of self and mind. just so you know you are not alone you are perfect as you are in this moment and grace is raining down on you every second of every day just open your self to it.