Practice

Do you practice yoga and know of other limbs of yoga besides asana? If so, do you catch yourself ignoring some of those limbs, such as non-violence, truth to self and others, and discipline? It’s fine. We’re all a work in progress.

As with crow pose, alternate nostril breath, and meditation – you practice. Keep coming back to the Yamas and Niyamas and see where you can improve. We are human and we are programmed (most of us, anyways) to separate ourselves from others and look at people differently due to certain circumstances (poorer, richer, religious, non-religious, healthy, unhealthy, e.g.).

If you don’t like how it feels to be singled out, then become more all-inclusive. This will take a while if it’s something you’re not used to.

This is where the Yamas and Niyamas come in. I believe practicing these help you connect with everything and stop living life as though it’s all about you.

Trouble breathing fully? Practice. Can’t stand in Warrior II too long? Practice. Keep yelling at people on the road in traffic? Spending your energy on things that feed anger, jealousy, resentment? Practice the opposite. You are in charge of your reactions/responses to the actions of others.

Just stay true and changes come slowly so you can savor them. Enjoy the process!

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