It always comes back to the practice, the physical practice that happens on my mat and the internal practice of living the practice of yoga. This has become my happy place. It helps me understand myself. When I am on my mat, I am vulnerable. I am open to personal growth. I want to see my areas of opportunity, which always shows up.
I remember when I first started my Ashtanga practice, I couldn’t do my home practice without music. It took a while to adjust and now I see that it was because I was running away from the silence, and being with myself. Now I couldn’t imagine practicing with music. I value my time that I get to be with myself, in silence.
It all comes back to the breath, the drishiti, the connection that happens with the self. That is why I practice. It brings me peace. It makes me be my best self.