Break on Through

It’s been an exciting week in the Mysore room – so many of you have had major breakthroughs in your practices. It’s such an inspiration to see all of your months and years of practice pay off, and I’m so happy to be your cheerleader on the sidelines.

Without a doubt, breakthroughs in the practice are exhilarating. The process of the impossible becoming possible and then the possible becoming easy, keeps us coming back to our mats. The countless practices, the near misses, the falls, the frustration from finger tips that are always just out of reach – it all pays off when the landing, the catch, the drop back, the standing, the whatever becomes a reality.

As much as I hate to admit it, it’s been a couple of years since I’ve had a big breakthrough in my own practice. And, of course, this can be frustrating and humbling, but I don’t take the easy way out. I keep getting on the mat, and I constantly remind myself that there is no such thing as a bad practice. If you practice, it is good. Period.

So, as excited as I am to share in your breakthroughs, this is a friendly reminder to keep coming back to your mat even when you just feel like everything is breaking. Because the real lessons are learned in all the work and digging that go into the breakthrough, not the actual act of achieving a challenging movement. The real learning happens in those moments where we feel stuck, when we’re frustrated, panicked, scared, and in pain – not in the moment of glory when we nail it.

Oh, and you want to know something else? The best breakthroughs don’t even happen on our mats. They happen when we start to know ourselves – when we experience a shift of psyche. They happen when we slow down to help someone, when we take a deep breath instead of blurting out hurtful words, when we stop rolling our eyes and start acting from a place of love and compassion.

Keep working, keep digging, keep going.

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