Sa tu dirgha kala nairantarya satkarasevito drdhabhumih – Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1.14
Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness.
This yoga sutra offers us three essentials to a daily yoga practice:
1. Practice for a long time. How long is long enough? Well, we could just say, “for the rest of our lives” since we could very well spend the first half working towards establishing the habit and then the second half bearing the fruits of a consistent practice.
2. Practice without break. This can be harder because we often practice off and on. Illness strikes and we stop, mother visits and we take a break, we oversleep one day and miss class. Consistency is daily. Patanjali doesn’t say you must practice hours a day. Just that you practice every day. Some days it is an hour-long class while other days it may be 10 minute sun salutations.
3. Practice with earnestness. In order to maintain this consistent practice for a long period of time we must bring our full attention, devotion and patience to it. Like planting an apple seed in order to enjoy an apple, we know that we won’t taste that apple for quite a while. It is going to require attention, nurturing and patience to cultivate the tree that will bear the fruit.
When we attend to our yoga practice in this way we find it becomes a part of our daily life like brushing our teeth and the rewards are vast!
Join me for yoga classes in May as I teach a 10 minute series that you can do at home and establish a daily practice right away. See you on the mat!