Practice takes Practice

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Yoga is a practice for the mind, body, and soul. This practice is meant to bring awareness to the Self. When practicing yoga we have to train our bodies to breathe, move, and bend in certain postures. Due to injuries, imbalances, or lack of flexibility some postures are difficult. The mental capacity to be patient and calm within the mind takes practice. No matter how experienced of a yogi you are, it is always going to be a practice. Everything in life takes constant practice.

When I talk to people about yoga, some respond saying that they could never have the patience for yoga. I think to myself, I know what you mean! Patience takes practice the same way that the body has to practice the same posture constantly to be able to hold it. I do know that they mean when they say they could never have the patience, because they are openly admitting they have never even tried. I would not be able to play an entire song on a guitar frankly because I have never fully tried! Believe me, I know that is a goal I will accomplish when I start to practice it.

I am just giving that example because we cannot fully accomplish anything or understand it until we practice for it ourselves. Practice takes self-discipline. To discipline ourselves is to not give up because the first try wasn’t as easy as we thought. Self-discipline is pushing yourself to try that second, third, fourth, fifth time and for the rest of your life. There is no such thing as too much practice. We can only practice to practice some more. Never give up on something you wanted to try even just one time.

Practice takes persistence. I am still and always will try to hold my handstand. I guess you could say I am the most vigilant at learning the handstand in my life. The handstand is a difficult posture. I started against a wall to help learn my balance. Eventually, I made it onto the carpet to continue to practice the art of falling out of a handstand. I fall over and over and over and over again and then one day I hold it. The next day I went back to it as I again fall over and over until again I hold it once more. I get dizzy and start to visualize stars after a while but I never give up. I slowly start to be able to hold it longer and longer. I am still to this day practicing my handstand and will always continue to practice it.

Apply yoga to everything in your life. The idea of holding a posture can be applied to anything in our lives. Use your breath and focus your mind. Use these tips to be vigilant and practice. Know that giving up will only disappoint you. Prove to yourself that you have the patience you seek to find, you have the willpower, you have the energy to get you where you want to be. When you are trying something for the first time, give it patience. Practice to practice the art of practicing! Never give up!

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