My greatest intention when teaching yoga classes is that each participant's practice becomes a mirror for them to see themselves more clearly--that they accept who they are, yet open to evolving and growing into the best person they can be. Ultimately, I hope each person is able to take their yoga practice off the mat and incorporate it in how they live on a daily basis.
Tonight after teaching, I was talking with one of my clients and she mentioned to me that she was going to begin taking sign language classes. She said she had always been interested in becoming an interpreter, and that lately the yogathoughts I passed out at the end of class had focused on being brave, taking action, and taking risks. Essentially, these ideas prompted her to go ahead and embrace change (which she admitted she usually avoids) and take action to enroll in the classes. --In hearing this, my heart immediately filled full, for this is what yoga is really about!
If you would like to expand your yoga practice and take it off the mat, begin by pondering these questions:
1. How can I practice compassion with myself and others in my daily life?
2. How can I create new experiences in my life?
3. When was the last time I embraced challenges and viewed them as opportunities to grow into a "better" human being?
Let your life be your practice.