Principle 3: Growth is the most important thing there is.
‘We have two choices: We grow, or we die. It’s that simple. Growth is forward movement; anything else is stagnation, or worse, regression. I would even go so far as to say that growth is the answer to the age-old question of the meaning of life. It’s the whole point to our journey: to grow and evolve so we can remove all the parts of ourselves that keep us from living in the light, living from our essence, living as our authentic selves. When you remove the blocks, you create flow in your life and into new thresholds of personal potential. That is the goal, and growth is the only way to get there. Yoga practice is one of the greatest ways to perpetuate growth in all the areas of your life, beginning with the physical. Yoga pokes and prods at our physical limitations, forcing us to experience boundaries not normally experienced… When you hit your edge, you are faced with a choice to either move through or flee. The choice is always yours.’
(Pg 35. Journey into Power, Baron Baptiste. Fireside Edition 2002)
Power Vinyasa Yoga is so much more than a physical experience – if you allow it. Like many, I first found Power Vinyasa as a way to move my body that was much ‘kinder’ than flogging gym workouts. The irony is that the physical, emotional and spiritual growth I have gained via the practice would put any other ‘workout’ to shame. Like anything, you have to be ready. The old saying “When the student is ready, the teacher appears”, is never truer than with a yoga practice. If you are reading this, I would say you are already on this path. The yoga mat doesn’t call you by mistake! Practicing an ancient system of philosophy does not happen by chance – regardless of what we may like to think. It’s 2013, humanity is evolving, and more and more people than ever before are practicing yoga. The question for you is, how well are you using the practice as a vehicle for growth and transformation? Do you take the same approach each class? What does this look like? It could show up as putting in effort for your ‘favourite poses’ and resting in the ones you don’t like; or simply making the shape, and then thinking about what you are cooking for dinner rather than focusing on the breath; or not going to yoga on the days when you can’t be bothered. If you are going to make any sort of resolution for this New Year, resolve to step up in your yoga practice; be brave and watch your reactions to the poses; the teachers, fellow students. Make the conscious decision to change your behaviour if it is not serving your growth – then practice being different. Practice a positive mental attitude in challenging poses; practice yoga when you are feeling out of sorts; practice coaxing your thoughts back to the breath. We don’t call it a yoga practice for nothing. See you on the mat. – Deb Langley