This morning I did my Yoga practice, as usual. Yet, this morning it was a particularly nice practice as I felt very stable. I have been working on a lot of strength poses in the last months and some of them really pushed me to my limits. But as I have experienced time and again, if one puts the awareness, focus, a positive attitude and steady, daily effort into something, the results over time will be amazing.

A seed needs water, light and nutrition from the soil to grow. But that’s not enough. It needs those three things in small amounts over a period of time. Only then a plant will emerge from the seed and bear fruits. 

Ans so it is with our Yoga practice: too much force, and we break our bodies, too little awareness and breath and the result will be fragile. We have to develop our practice slowly but steadily and the impossible becomes real.

The purpose of Yoga practice is not to achieve big results fast, but rather to cultivate an awareness and a healthy habit and use it to curiously discover something new everyday, without it becoming stagnant and dry. 

The same applies to life.

Just as we can grow any fruits in our garden if we provide the right conditions, and just as we can cultivate qualities of awareness, strength, flexibility, curiosity, exploration, steadiness, calmness and creativity in our Yoga practice, -so we can create a life that we truly love if we take time to become aware of where we want to go and take the appropriate action to get there.

Too much force to get somewhere and we miss the beauty of the present moment. Too little excitement and drive to explore something new and we get tired and bored of life.

Let’s create the daily habits and rituals that keep us engaged in the excitement of life, that help us to use our curiosity for the new, cherish every moment and inspire ourselves and others.

Tom Richter

Contributing Writer.

Tom is a dedicated long-time Ashtanga Yoga practitioner, passionate Yoga teacher, inspiring Yoga business & life coach, and a plant-based whole-food & healthy-living enthusiast.

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