Passion or Daily Routine?

After more than 3 years of regular yoga practice, I decided it was time to take things to the next level. Always in awe of my instructors who are able to perform challenging asanas and teach at the same time, I asked myself whether I would have enough strength and stamina to do the same. Not a morning person by nature, I asked myself whether I would be able to make it for class every weekend at 7:30am. Not a person who likes theoretical stuff, I asked myself whether I would be able to memorize all the Sanskrit names, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and all the other endless theory topics. Unfortunately, my answers to the above 3 questions seem to be a resounding NO.
Putting aside my concerns, I started to research online for the courses available and contacted a few centres for more information. Somehow fate brought me to Tirisula and after a short visit to the centre, I signed up immediately. Arriving early on the first day and so full of passion, Paalu asked us why we chose to take up the course. My spirits were dampened when Paalu said that we are doing this for the wrong reason if it is due to passion. In my mind, I was screaming WHY???!!! As if he read my mind, Paalu went on to explain that passion is often short-lived, that is why we should aim to incorporate yoga into our daily lives. Only when yoga is practiced daily as like any other daily routine, e.g. brushing our teeth, eating, drinking etc., it will live in us forever. Wow, I was so inspired because I would never have thought about it that way. Being the busy working professionals cum wives cum mothers that some of us are, we ask ourselves whether we really have time to do yoga everyday? Paalu said it would be sad if we do not even have 30 minutes of time to ourselves everyday. Come to think of it, it is quite true isn’t it? Bearing that in mind, I am trying to work towards that goal.
Adelene Oh
200hrs Weekend YTTC, Jul-Oct 2013

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