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  • It's so hard! ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…
  • This is Vishwamitrasana, a pose from Ashtanga's "Advanced" series.

Don't mistake an advanced asana for an advanced yoga practice. There isn't really any direct relationship between asana and yoga, i.e. flexibility and strength have no necessary correlation with a spiritual practice.

I have lots of students that have been practicing for many years and are still "just" practicing Primary Series. But the fact that they have been doing it every day for a long time makes it an advanced practice. 
Conversely, there are people that have practiced for just a year or two that can do lots of difficult, advanced poses, but I would consider them Beginners.

I think any asana, from any series, done steadily and with devotion, over a long period of time, becomes an advanced practice. Without that commitment, it's just shitty gymnastics.
  • For a practice to change your life, it needs to be your priority. When we put the practice first, all of our other decisions are informed by it.
  • We all start a yoga practice to create positive change in our lives. And yet, when the practice requires us to make sacrifices or changes, we complain, or find something easier.
Every time you feel discomfort, every instance you are challenged to show up for practice, is an opportunity for positive change. The commitment to a daily Sadhana will make you transform everything about your life, and that's exactly the point of it.
  • On my way to Guadalajara to teach my first workshop of 2017. Hanging out at the airport, making fun happen. Maybe freaking out other passengers a little bit too. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ But fun is good, right?
  • Developing a practice is like growing a ๐ŸŒฒ. It needs to be consistently nurtured through each day of our lives, and it's health will depend on the attention we provide. Growing a practice is no guarantee that it will continue to thrive-- once we take on the work it is a lifelong commitment.
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  • Resistance, pain and fear aren't blocking you from doing the practice correctly. Allowing yourself to fully experience and explore these feelings is exactly the goal of practice.
  • Here's one of my practice secrets: sometimes I'll scream profanities in my head while holding an asana just to highlight the distinction between my thoughts and actions.
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