Nurturing Your Yoga Practice

Practice, Self-Study, & the Drive to Be Better

“Am I doing this right?”

Students ask this question from their first day in Foundations all the way up to our higher-level classes.

While instructors may give you tips for improving a pose – raise the hips or pull the tips of the shoulder blades down – everything else is left to Sadhana, or self-study.

When people come to SBG Yoga, they feel like their lives are out of balance with their physical, mental, or emotional health. Yoga calls them to seek that balance through practice and self-study.

The Yamas As a Guide

In Sadhana, your practice comes down to “How can I improve my yoga practice?” How can I grow stronger and straighter in a pose? How can I improve balance and flexibility?

As your yoga practice deepens, you understand more and more whether what you are doing is “right”. You know how to have strength and stability in a pose. You know how to have balance and flexibility in areas that once challenged you.

You have the knowledge within you, and Sadhana shows you how to find it.

The yamas offer a guide for students to examine thoughts, actions, and senses, so that they can work towards better physical, mental, and emotional health.

As you make your way through practice or asking yourself how you can become a better person, the yamas offer building blocks and milestones for progress.

The yamas are the moral precepts of yoga practice and the basis for all other actions with yoga.

Am I being truthful?

Am I being nonviolent towards others?

Am I not stealing or coveting things that I don’t need?

Am I consuming things in moderation rather than excess?

The yamas serve as a guide for self-study, and self-study leads to self-confidence.

Sadhana in Everyday Life

Self-study gets a bad rap in our culture. Some consider that kind of close examination to be selfish and egotistical. But there is nothing selfish about the pursuit to become a better person.

You are not being selfish when you start your yoga practice and spend 2 hours a week on the mat. You are not being selfish when you come into that space and ask yourself, “How can I be better?”

Yoga isn’t the only place where that question arises. Where else in your life do you ask yourself, “Am I doing this right?”

Am I raising my kids right?

Did I say the right thing to comfort a friend in need?

Did I do the right thing to support my team at work?

Everyone asks themselves these questions. Everyone needs to discover the answers to those questions, so they can attain the balance they seek.

The yoga mat is the one place where you can investigate that question without judgment or expectation.

At SBG Yoga it’s not about whether you do the pose perfectly. It’s about whether you step off the mat a better person than when you stepped on it.

Yoga makes you a better person, the people around you better, and the world better.

Bring more Sadhana into your practice and join us for the Yoga Philosophy Club! Sunday, March 4th from 4-5PM.