कर्मेन्द्रियाणि संयम्य य आस्ते मनसा स्मरन् |
इन्द्रियार्थान्विमूढात्मा मिथ्याचारः स उच्यते || ३ ६ ||
karmendriyaani sanyamya ya aaste manasaa smaran.h .
indriyaarthaanvimuudhaatmaa mithyaachaarah sa uchyate
Bhagavad Gita 3:6
TRANSLATION: One who restrains the senses of action but whose mind dwells on sense objects certainly deludes himself and is called a pretender.
This Gita verse calls us to be honest with ourselves, whether in our yoga practice or in our life. The secret to doing this is to refrain from passing judgement.
After spending many years of teaching Yoga for adults, kids, pre/post natal women, in groups, private classes, and Yoga Teacher Training, the biggest thing I have learned is Yoga resonates with each individual according to how receptive they are, and I myself as a teacher am always learning. This verse points out the importance of being true to yourself. Embrace where you are on and off the mat, and be exactly what you desire. Rather than being guided by desires or passion, live them. The reality is regardless of our spirituality, we all encounter challenges. Rather than pretend struggles do not exist, we can always be true to our present moment (on and off the yoga mat), knowing that we are on a journey.
Evaluate your current circumstance/yoga practice and ask yourself where are you pretending? Where are you passing judgement? Create a plan of change and take action. ~ Namaste