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This is Yoga

This is Yoga

I thought it was about mastering the pose and getting your body into weird shapes. Just take a look at Insagram; you’ll find plenty of yogis putting their stuff out there. And I have to admit, there are a ton of postures that I will most likely never get into! It just will not happen.

What I have come to embrace is that yes, yoga is about getting your body into shapes. And yes, it is about being in those shapes for better health and longevity. And yes, sometimes it’s about trying Eka Pada Koundinyasana, mastering it for a nano-second, and looking around to see if anyone actually saw you get into it! It’s about falling on your face countless times and getting up to do it all over again with a smile.

But let me tell you, it’s much deeper than that because we are much deeper than that. It’s about focus, discipline, co-creation, depth and prosperity for yourself and your community.

It’s about being in a posture and observing your reaction while you’re in it. Are you looking around, comparing yourself to others? Are you pushing to hard? Not trying hard enough? How you react in these postures is exactly how you react off your mat so pay attention.

It’s about getting on your mat even when you don’t want to. It’s about continuing to try that pose until you get it AND it’s about resting when you know you need it.

It’s about breathing so deep that you stop listening to the voices in your head. The breath actually removes the neurosis of the mind so you can start living the life you really want. It’s about using your breath and your voice to release energy that’s stagnate and locked up inside the throat.

It’s about heart opening postures that get you to look up instead of down at an electronic device. It’s about deep squats that bring you closer to the Earth with your hips wide open.

It’s about clearing the mind through movement and hitting the reset button so everything you think, say and do comes from a place that is laced in clear and authentic.

It’s about building an inner capacity to engage and connect outside of yourself. It’s about seeing yourself from a new perspective … a unique noticing of yourself and what you have to offer this planet.

It’s about uniting with other like-minded individuals and really coming together to serve, support and love each other.

It’s deep because YOU are deep. You are layers of density and getting to the deep stuff is where the transformation really happens. So what to do? Get on your mat, every, single day … even if it’s for five minutes, one round of Surya Namaskar A or one inversion.

Just do it.

By Dana Damara

“My passion on the mat is proper alignment, powerful breath and effortless flow so you feel that off your mat. Your practice becomes sacred space where you arrive to find more meaning, depth, authenticity and integrity in your life."

- Dana Damara: mother, author, yoga instructor, speaker and yogini.

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