“People where you live,” The Little Prince said, “grow five thousand roses in one garden… yet they don’t find what they’re looking for…
“They don’t find it,” I answered.
“And yet what they’re looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water…”
“Of course,” I answered.
I have been writing about yoga every day this month, as my way of helping to raise awareness about the benefits yoga, in support of National Yoga Month.
After fifteen years on my mat, and twelve years of teaching yoga to everyone under the sun — adults, children, the visually impaired, doctors, lawyers, musicians, and so many more — I have a lot of stories and knowledge that might help inspire you to explore yoga as a personal practice.
The truth about yoga, though, is that you don’t need me, or anyone else, to learn how to practice it.
We already know what we are supposed to do, at some level. Patanjali didn’t create the “Eight Limbs of Yoga”, he just pointed out that we have all of these opportunities for happiness within us, just waiting to be revealed. They might be covered up by our fears, our traumas, and too many hours on Facebook, but they are there.
Nobody owns our breath but us. Nobody can strengthen our bodies, but us. And nobody can focus our minds, and our emotions, but us. Teachers, and books, and DVDs can offer inspiration and point us in the right direction, but we are the only ones who can do the work.
The entire point of The Yoga Sutras, which is considered the most essential text about yoga, is that we must stop looking around for happiness…and start looking inside. Happiness is there, and it’s our responsibility to let it out.
I think that’s the point The Little Prince is trying to make. We don’t need more. We need to nourish what we have. We need to OWN IT.
And that’s why I love yoga. Because I don’t need anything but myself, and God, to OWN my life. Not even a yoga mat (although it does make things a bit easier.)
I choose happiness, every time I practice yoga.
You are the rose. Yoga is the water. Connect the two, and you will ultimately find that what you really, truly want, is closer than you ever imagined.