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June 16, 2010 / Gabriel Azoulay

Daily Practice

Ashtanga is a daily practice. Well, almost daily, with Saturdays off, and every New and Full Moon as off days, there are plenty moments during the week when the body rests and the mind does not have to feel so oppressed by daily grind.

It is important to take these days off, whether because the energy of the moon is so related to the energy we are seeking to tap into (click here to read Tim Miller’s sharing of Guruji’s insight into why you should not take practice on Moon Days), or because the body needs moments to catch up to the information we are cultivating, one should take these days off.

Yet, with a daily practice, many students and teachers feel that a structured, same routine practice is somehow boring or redundant that they would rather go listen to someone else guiding their energy, or simply not practice at all.

One of my teachers, a man name David Deida comments on practice, in the same way I discovered why I get up and do my yoga every day. Daily practice is like brushing your teeth. Brushing the teeth is boring, redundant and hardly ever changes. Not only should we do it daily, we should do it twice a day. It refreshes the mouth, cleans out the teeth, eliminates excess bacteria, and prolongs the strength of our molars.

I doubt any of you believe you will never have to go to the dentist, or that your teeth will stay in your mouth forever, yet, I know each of you is brushing their teeth twice a day, if not more. In the same token, Ashtanga practice is an ancient wisdom on cleaning out the gross body, shinning the subtle body, and allowing you to rest as the causal reflection that is everything and everyone. It does not make you better in any way, at least in the same way that brushing your teeth does not make your teeth better. What it does it allows the world around you to feel your essence better, it makes other more trustable around you, it provides you with an opportunity to share you joy with more ease.

Isn’t that what Ghandi was hoping for? “If you want to change the world, change yourself.”

That change begins with practice.

And practice is surrendering to something larger than yourself.


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