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One of the questions being asked is,

โ€œ๐—œ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฎ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐˜†๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ. ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—œ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜€๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—๐—จ๐—ฆ๐—ง ๐—ช๐—”๐—ก๐—ง ๐—ง๐—ข ๐— ๐—ข๐—ฉ๐—˜ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ง๐—–๐—›?โ€œ ๐Ÿค”

First, I disagree that students who come to yoga just want to stretch or move. They may think so, or even say so.

But I think deep down they know that there is something more than physical yoga exercise. Maybe they canโ€™t describe it yet.

But I believe they know. And if they donโ€™t (yet), itโ€™s our job to let them experience that through our teachings. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Besides saying โ€œlisten to your bodyโ€, โ€œbe mindfulโ€, or just laying out all the Yamas and Niyamas, there are MANY ways that we can โ€œsneak inโ€ some philosophical teachings in yoga classes.

First by asking yourself how you feel in your OWN practice. ๐Ÿค—

When I practice backbends, I often have fear because we canโ€™t see our back.

It takes COURAGE to get over the fear to explore the โ€œ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏโ€.

When I practice side splits, I feel discomfort but I know that itโ€™s part of the practice.

Learning to ๐—˜๐— ๐—•๐—ฅ๐—”๐—–๐—˜ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐——๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—–๐—ข๐— ๐—™๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ง and stay with it. โœจ

When I practice arm balance, itโ€™s when I feel itโ€™s time to cultivate PATIENCE, knowing that it takes time and repetitions to build strength.

I learn to โ€œ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ตโ€ of the pose and not to give up.

A little challenge for you today. ๐Ÿคฉ

Students, as you practice today, take a moment to perceive how you feel and note what EMOTIONAL attribute you can cultivate through your practice.

Teachers, when you teach today, consider the emotional/mental attribute of your class โ€“ what message would you like to convey in your class today?

Share your thoughts with me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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