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Dylan Werner  June 21-24 Ellayoga,Tel Aviv 🇮🇱June 29-July 2 Indaba Yoga, London 🇬🇧July 7th-9th Healthy Warriors, Paris 🇫🇷

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How has yoga changed your life?
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I've had this question asked to me in almost every interview I've done. It's always been hard for me to articulate. Mostly because I think, how hasn't yoga changed my life? Here is probably the best answer I can give.
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Physically, I haven't changed that much, I'm more flexible and I can do handstands and arm balances that I couldn't do before, but that doesn't change your life. Before yoga, I was very fit, and strong and was rock climbing about 5 days a week.
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Mentally and spiritually, everything has changed. Before yoga; I felt lost, empty, unfulfilled, trapped in the same continuous loop with no way to get out. The worst part was that I didn't even know I was trapped. There's a saying... you can't escape if you don't know you're imprisoned.
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Yoga has lead me down this path of discovering who I am and almost more important, who I'm not. I'm not my stories, my distorted perception of what the future should be. I'm not attached to any outcome. I'm not the person of my past or attached to my past experiences. I don't suffer from the pain of my past.
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I am present, aware, mindful. I am fulfilled, content, I have purpose without need. Desires without expectations. Love without attachment. I am here, I am now.
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How has yoga changed you?
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Happy #internationalyogaday
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It takes more energy to grasp on to something than to let it go. Physically, grasping something takes more strength than opening than hand. Grasping is effort, to release is the opposite of effort.
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We think that through our efforts we can practice aparigraha (non-grasping). We try to let go. And the harder we try to release, let go, open up, the worse it gets and the more we clench. Effort will not work. If I want to open my hand, open my mind or open my heart, I can't use effort, because effort will only close it tighter, I have to surrender.
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The most profound wisdom is often the most profoundly obvious. I truly believe that all the wisdom in the universe exist in nature. I also believe that we ourselves are nature. Born from nature and when we die we will return to nature.
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Because we have created so much separation between ourselves and the natural world, listening to nature has become challenging.
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But because we are nature, we still have the ability to close our eyes and listen to the eternal truth and wisdom that comes from within. It's all there; the challenge is to remove the separation we've created, slow down and listen to that which is the simple truth of life.

If I fill my house with all my stuff, junk, trash, every toy from my childhood, everything I've every owned or everything given to me, you might call me a hoarder. If you came in my home it would be easy to see my sickness.
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If I hoard are my thoughts, negative experiences and emotions, every bad name that is was called as a child, every hurtful relationship or failed friendship, it would be much harder to see my sickness.
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So many of us are hoarders in our minds and hearts but we hide it well. Only catching glimpses of it when it arises in different situations. The more we hoard, the more we want to hold on to. The sickness can become debilitating and yet we might be completely unaware of it even when it prevents us from deep relationships, intimacy, trust, freedom and growth.
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As soon as a person throws away all of their junk, they are no longer a hoarder, they might still have the tendency to want to hoard but the problem of their home being full of junk goes away with the junk.
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If you want to get ride of your problems, fears and insecurities, you have to get rid of all the junk you've been hoarding in your mind. In yoga we say "let go". Let go of that which doesn't serve you. The sickness says you need it. Mindfulness and awareness shows you the truth beyond the sickness. Let go and be free. When there is no junk and no clutter, there is space. Space is necessary for growth, trust and honest communication. Without the room to grow, you'll never fully understand your potential or experience true freedom.

Your past doesn't define you. Today I did 3 interviews, one on live TV, one for press and another filmed one for future promotion. All the interviews dug into my past and all wanted to focus on the fact that I fought in the Iraq war. True, this is a part of my past, however, it is not a part of who I am. We all have experienced tragedy in our lives. Some of us choose to keep experiencing them long after they're over. I choose to leave the pain of my past in the past and focus on what is truly important. Living in the truth. Here and now. Today is what defines you.

Life is only perception, nothing more. If you want to change your life, simply change your perception. If you can't change your perception of your life, than you should probably change your life.

We are all on a journey to discover that we are already here. The more places that we go that aren't here, the greater our realization becomes that those aren't the places that we need to go. And eventually by going there and not finding here we will eventually come here and realize that we have always been there.
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When the mind is free of distractions, fears, desires and pettiness, it is silent. Then it comes to a sense of complete nothingness, the very essence of humility. At the same time there is a feeling of truly entering another world, a world that seems more real and vivid. I am a particle of a greater reality. Everything is here and now.
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#📷 by @sigismondiphotography
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As we get older, we naturally start to lose the elastic qualities of our fascia. The fascia hardens, we become stiffer, and we lose our youthful bounce. Most injuries are connective tissue (fascial) injuries, not muscular. Having more elastic fascia greatly reduces the risk of movement injuries while increasing mobility, balance and athleticism. Whatever type of movement that you do; yoga, calisthenics, running, crossfit, etc will dramatically benefit from increased fascial elasticity.
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If you don't know where you are going, how do you expect to find it?
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For many years I felt lost, without a destination and no idea what I truly wanted, so I kept wandering. Moving for the sake of moving. The more I tried to not be lost, the more lost I became. It was easy to lie to myself and convince others that all the busyness was going somewhere but I wasn't really doing anything but becoming more busy, just to disguise the fact that I was so lost. And then one day I became really lost. I lost my career, my home, my security, but I also lost my false sense of purpose.
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So I made an intention. But not any intention. A crystal clear pure and honest from my deepest desires intention. When I knew my intention I no longer felt lost. I wasn't where I wanted to be, but I knew where I was going.
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I continue to set clear intentions. My intentions have changed so much since I set that first one. Then, I needed direction. Now I look to create more connection. The clearer you make your intention, the purer the manifestation.
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#photo by @sigismondiphotography

We have a tendency to go through life like it's a barrier to be breached or a stepping stone to get somewhere else. We tend to seek the present moment through the future. The future can never be anything other than a story or an illusion. We start to live in these illusions and fantasies rather than living in the true beautiful intimacy that only exist in the present moment.
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If you plant a tree in a small pot, it's growth will either be stunted by the size of the pot or it's roots will overcome the pot and break free to search for deeper soil. Life doesn't want to be confined and will continue to grow as long as there is space for growth to happen.
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If this is true, then why sometimes do we choose to confine ourselves. Maybe it's because we think we don't deserve more than a little pot or too afraid of leaving the comfortable little pot or maybe we don't even know that there is deeper soil out there and our branches can grow much higher.
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To know your potential is to know your self-worth and most of us have undervalued ourselves. If you see that you're too big for your pot, then it's time to break free.

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