Now.

I am continually amazed at this incredibly phenomenal experience called life. When completely engulfed in its presence I am filled with curiosity, happiness and love. When trying to control it I am filled with fear, judgement and frustration.

I have several Sanskrit words written on my yoga mat to continually refresh my brain matter during practice. One in particular that has been resonating is Yoga Sutra 1.1: Atha Yoganusasanum. This very first sutra explains that in this auspicious moment, right now, the distilled teachings of yoga are being revealed. Every time we step on our mat is like no other; it is a new beginning, blossoming to reveal its vital nectar through the practice of yoga. Inhale each breath, savor it, then exhale all thoughts into stillness. While in a pose, smell the texture of the air as you watch it enter the nostrils in nasagre drishti. Off the mat, make eye contact with others to fully absorb what they say.

When our minds are clear, we are less attached to an outcome which enables us to be present in the moment. We can relish an experience instead of documenting it. It is in these instances our minds are free to be who we truly are and synchronize with the universe. Yoga is the practice of tolerating the consequences of being yourself. Choose to be content. Shine on yogis, Namaste.

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