Why Is Your Yoga Practice Important to You?

Yoga is a lifelong journey – I’m on board for life and always refining.

Balance, peace, health, truth, and clarity.

It accelerates the pace of my personal evolution, in all ways.

Because it keeps me peaceful and healthy and in alignment with my soul and purpose.

Because it connects me deeper to humanity and to the practice off-the-mat

It helps to keep me somewhat sane.

life. peace. freedom. humility. compassion. awareness.

It is the pathway to my own growth and awareness.

Yoga is among my most important self-care and personal therapy practices.

It’s a blueprint to being comfortable in my own skin

It keeps me alive.

Yoga is everything

My Yoga practice is my inner sanctuary where I reconnect with poise and serenity in the middle of life’s demands.

Yoga is my pathway toward Divine guidance on a daily basis.

keeps mind & body flexible, steady & open

My yoga practice always brings me back to my center in the present moment.

The energetics of my practice is a part of my life; the art is inseparable from my way of being in the world.

It informs my path and purpose and helps me be congruent with what I’m teaching.

My yoga practice brings me both peace of mind and the fire to create an action (karma)

My yoga practice gives me the balance of mind, body, and spirit to be able to serve humanity from a grounded, whole place of love, and devotion for our collective healing and transformation.

Yoga brings peace and comfort, especially during difficult periods.

I practice yoga because it allows me to elevate my consciousness and character

Yoga is a practice for how I want to live my life.

Yoga provides me with tools that enhances my personal and professional development.

Because practicing yoga confers benefits on the body, nervous system, and mind all at the same time.

My being wants freedom and my heart needs stillness.

Practicing doesn’t mean I get it perfect every time; it actually means we need more practice.

What’s Luck Got to Do With It? Luck, Karma, and Interconnectivity

Mar 11, 2021Philosophy & Theory

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The idea of “luck” is maligned for a bazillion reasons, foremost among them that unchecked capitalism, inequity, and the legacy of white supremacy in our social structure must be taken into account. Success, that is, isn’t solely the result of our own doing. Yet even taking these into consideration, it does often feel that some people are just “born lucky.” What is luck? Can we make it?

According to Yoga Unify Founding Circle Member and master teacher Myra Lewin, “the truth is that we contribute to everything we experience in life,” she writes in a blog post. “Each of us has an innate ability to create the lives we want to live.”

She writes:

Karma is a simple principle of cause and effect that reminds us of our powerful creative abilities. It takes the mystery out of luck. Understanding it will allow you to shape your experiences in life.

Karma is not a punishment or a reward. There are no scoreboards or judges that keep track of our lives. Simply stated, what we put out comes back to us. What we experience in life is a reflection of our past actions, including our thoughts. You can think of the effect of karma like throwing a rock into a still pond. It creates ripples. The ripples of our thoughts and actions stem from this life and previous ones. 

It’s a powerful lens through which to view luck. According to Myra, what we perceive as “luck” is a manifestation of being in flow with the world, of creating positivity by positively contributing. I’ve certainly found this to be true in my own life—and I suspect I’m not alone as such. When we feel particularly in the flow, good things tend to flow forward. We attract what we project: If we’re mired in negativity, we often find ourselves surrounded by negative people. The opposite, of course is also true.

Yet, like most things, it’s not so simple. Part of living a truly mindful life is to acknowledge our interconnectivity, and that what one person experiences impacts us all. Acknowledging that our actions breed reactions—that, as Myra eloquently points out—we get what we give, is another aspect of it. The challenging dichotomy here is that our luck is certainly influenced by the conditions into which we were born. And sometimes the most challenging things in our lives, particularly issues of equity and accessibility, may have nothing to do with what we’ve done or how we’ve done it.

Perhaps accepting this dichotomy—holding two truths simultaneously—is the key to accepting the wisdom in Myra’s writing, while also acknowledging the legacy of inequity and social injustice. I interviewed renowned author and speaker (and former presidential hopeful) Marianne Williamson in 2016, and she nodded to this dichotomy as foundational to the very fabric of the American experience. I wrote:

Williamson acknowledged that our country—and the American dream—were founded on the ideals of mindfulness. And yet our country was also founded within the constructs of genocide, slavery, institutionalized racism, and the oppression of women and many others.

Recognizing this irony—admitting this complexity—is the first step in overcoming it, in creating positive change. “A mindful life is one that is aligned with the consciousness with what is most true,” Williamson says. “Life is complicated. Truth is not.”

Luck, then, is perhaps an amalgamation of karma—its effects on how we show up for ourselves and each other—as well as an acknowledgment of this hard truth. Mindful living asks us for both. When we do so, we create a new kind of luck for us all.

Facing the tough truths and building toward solutions for them is one of the foundational missions of Yoga Unify. Share your ideas by joining the Founding Circle! Founding Membership is closing soon. Learn more here

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