Abhyaasa vairagyabhyam tannirodhah, Sutra 1.12.
In a nutshell, we find stillness through consistent, dedicated practice (Abhyaasa) with an acceptance of or detachment from the results of our practice.
So last weekend in Rock Your Asana! (our upbeat Vinyasa Flow class set to modern music) the focus was on Abhyaasa and Vairagya...balancing consistent dedicated practice with non-attachment to the fruits of our efforts. Ironically (or perhaps absolutely perfectly!) my thoughtful "letting go" playlist was not synched properly. Consequently morphing my long thought out rocking tunes to something entirely different than my plan... forcing me to, well, let go! :-)
It's a great collection of tunes, though, so we're revisiting the letting go theme tomorrow... new asanas, new flow, but who can't use that reminder yet again? Sincere selfless intention, earnest effort, contentment with whatever comes to be is the heart of yoga. Abhyaasa and Vairagya... often compared to the two wings of a bird... it takes both to send your practice, on and off the mat, into smooth, weightless flight. Namaste!
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