David Swenson on the Growth of a Yoga Practice

“Each practice session is a journey.  Endeavor to move with awareness and enjoy the experience.  Allow it to unfold as a flower opens.  There is no benefit in hurrying.  Yoga grows with time.  Some days are easy and the mind is calm and the physical body is light and responsive.  Other days you may find that the mind is running wild and the body feels like wet cement.  We must breathe deeply and remain detached.  Asanas are not the goal.  They are the vehicle to access a deeper internal awareness.  Create a practice that best suits your personal needs so that it is something that you look forward to.  Yoga is a place of refuge and a soothing balm for the stresses of modern life.   Within each practice find ways to refine your existing understanding so that you continue to grow.”

From Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual 


2 thoughts on “David Swenson on the Growth of a Yoga Practice”

  1. Amy—This passage really speaks to me. It’s a good reminder not simply to check the “Do Yoga” box on my to-do list, but to create a few minutes of practice that day that I look forward to. It also reminds me to try to quiet my mind during practice. Thanks for inspiring me today.

    1. Stephanie, I’m so glad you found some joy in these words. I did, too. I forced myself to get out the book and read a bit, and I was so thankful for them I felt I had to share. Here’s to “looking forward to practice”!!

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