“Do your practice and all is coming” is a famous quote from Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois (also affectionately known as Guruji) that is often used by Yogis around the world.
My relationship with yoga has been a fairly complicated one. Funny enough, it was my mother-in-law who first got me interested in yoga and invited me to her studio 3 years ago. Initially I was excited, and got hooked, attending about 3 classes a week despite just starting work. Then work got the better of me and I stopped for almost an entire year. When I went back, I felt like my practice was stagnating and thought to myself – perhaps I needed a change of environment?
I tried another yoga studio, then suddenly found myself toying with the idea of signing up for YTT in order to take my practice one step further.
As a participant of the weekend YTT programme, the importance of daily and consistent practice in order to improve was emphasised. Initially, I was skeptical and thought to myself – “Who hast time to do Yoga every single day?” Week after week, I would sheepishly admit that I far from practiced daily.
But I started scrutinising my daily life and realised it was filled with unproductive activities. Gradually I got hooked on regular practice. If due to extenuating circumstances that I am home late and missed a day of practice, I would have an uneasy feeling and was determined to clock in some practice the next day. Subconsciously, my schedule started to revolve around YTT, home practice and some studio classes.
With regular conditioning, I was pleasantly surprised every time I noticed its benefits.
- Firstly, I saw gradual sustained improvements in my flexibility.
- Secondly, I could easy get into poses previously known to me without directly practising that particular pose.
- Thirdly, with a general improvement in strength and flexibility, I could surprise myself with new poses that I previously was unable to do out of the blue.
To me, my greatest takeaway from YTT is finally being able to inculcate the importance of daily practice in my own life.