As a yoga student, this is your #1 goal

Today’s convo is like anything else in life, meaning there’s two truths to be considered or held as we connect here.

When I say that as a yoga student, this is your #1 goal…

I want us to acknowledge that we each have very personal and unique reasons for saying yes to the yoga practice.

This is ☝🏽 truth #1.

From the perspective of the yoga tradition, there’s a universal goal that’s intended for all, which is to calm & clarify the mind.

This is ☝🏽 truth #2, which we’ll focus on here.

Yoga recognizes that our mind is an inner instrument, and like any instrument, it can be played poorly or well.

The mind can either be the field of awakening where we remember our capable, centered, confident and complete nature, or it can be a place of angst, chaos and disharmony.

For many, the mind 🧠🤯 is the latter.

But for the student & seeker, we’re intentionally turning to yoga to remember that the mind is the former, which means our yoga practices are ideally aimed at making progress towards this goal.

The goal being…to calm & clarify the mind.

From my limited understanding, the yoga tradition teaches that we cannot spiritually grow or mature if the mind is unsettled, this is why settling the mind (to the best of our ability) is THE #1 goal.

Which brings me to the final point of this convo…

As a sincere yoga seeker, it’s vital that you’re choosing “the right” practices.

Learning how to choose will take time, just like learning how to play an instrument well, but as the years go by, developing this level of discernment will be key to your long-term progress.

For example, if you’re a natural busy 🐝 bee who can’t sit still, but you often choose a fast-paced vinyasa practice, then you’re only bolstering what the mind likes, versus what it needs.

Or, let’s say you’re slower, kinda sloth-like, and it’s difficult for you to get motivated, but you often choose gentler practices, then you’re only bolstering what’s natural and easy.

There’s a foundational teaching in Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, that states – like attracts like and opposites balance.

When it comes to “playing the mind” well, first you want to evaluate it’s natural state, then discern how you can create harmony. Once a baseline of balance is achieved, then you have a greater chance at being able to sit quietly, breathe, withdraw the senses, concentrate, and eventually experience meditation.

But first, we’ve all gotta reckon with this universal goal, decide if it matters (maybe it doesn’t), and if it does, make meaningful decisions regarding who we study with and how we practice.

It took me many, many years to care about this universal goal or wanting to play my instrument well, so please be patient as the process unfolds.

If you’re wanting to get on your mat, below are a few suggestions based on your mind’s common & current state.

Please choose the practice that will bolster what you truly need and what will be most supportive.

Allie, xx

Hey! I’m Allie.

I’m a self-growth student, freedom-seeker, yoga teacher and the founder of a tight-knit online yoga community: the Body Mind Soul Studio. I’m here to teach you how to transform your life on-and-off-the-mat with a holistic yoga practice.

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