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    Wednesday, November 9, 2011

    Authentic Practice

    I've been practicing yoga for a long time, and I've been through many phases with it.  I've been in phases where I went to tons of classes and workshops, and I've been through periods where my practice was purely mental.  Right now, I am taking a break from classes and balancing my mental and physical practices.  In my physical practice, I am following a different teacher--I am listening for inner guidance.  I am listening to my body by paying attention to all of the details of what I am doing, but not getting caught up in those details.  I am letting my practice be more playful and explorative.

    I am doing yoga when and where I want and moving how I feel like moving.  Exploring, feeling.

    To me, this is what it's all about.  It's not about doing what a teacher tells you to do or trying to mimic a pose in a picture.  It's about feeling your own body and exploring movement that feels good and natural to you.

    It's not about doing as many poses as possible or doing certain poses, but exploring movement however slow or fast you want to move.

    Try it!  Whether your yoga practice is in classes or elsewhere, I encourage you to start feeling more.  Find your authentic practice.