@yogisharky 🙏🏽 #Repost @yogisharky
It's been just over 2 weeks since I've returned from the Ashtanga and Addiction forum at @ashtangacbus with @taylorhuntyoga , and even now I'm still processing. Taylor asked us recently to share on what influenced us the most, or at least on what lesson we had to take away. The answer was rather simple in my case–I need to be more conscious of my "why" while practicing.
Taylor is far from the first to express this, but it resonates just as deep nonetheless. He spoke about Trini scholarship students, who are recovering alcoholics and addicts, stepping into the yoga Shala and becoming some of the best students within an incredibly short time. This, apparently, disturbed others who had been there for much longer. How were these seemingly weak, almost broken beings able to improve so drastically? Because they knew their why. They were there surviving, and every day they make it to their mat is another they aren't abusing substances. Yoga, for them, has quite literally become life.
If there is a greater question I've pondered upon than trying to find my why, then I cannot remember. Now, however, it is blatantly clear. Regardless if I show up to my mat to fall back asleep, or I'm putting out, drenched in sweat from over 2 hours of work, I'm there. My why is my students, and the motivation I provide for them. My why is my health, for I shall not drift back into the dark days of viewing life through the bottom of whiskey bottles. My why is for every time I've become irrationally upset, depressed, scared, or even happy, because my feelings are my own to control. Ashtanga is my why. Yoga is my why. And it's thanks to the communities yoga provides, and the teachers who keep faith, like Taylor, that I continue to discover a deeper, more spiritual purpose in my practice–one that extends beyond the physical. What's your purpose for pursuing your passions? Find your why, and go beyond moving through the motions of life.