Practice and All Is Coming

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois once said, “Practice and all is coming.”  We can apply this idea to yoga practice, to working for non-profits, to our jobs, and to our relationships.  The point here is that we need not worry about the outcome.  If we just do our practice, wholeheartedly, what will come will come and we have done our parts.   Given that non-attachment brings us closer to our natural state of bliss or enlightenment, that effort to simply practice, regardless of the concrete outcomes of the practice, brings us closer to our true selves.

Today, I was reminded of this as I participated in a 90 minute vinyasa practice, led by one of my fellow teacher trainees, and then taught my 90 minute practice session.  Looking at these two experiences from the perspective of the immediate, neither was everything I might have hoped it would be.  Katie’s class was great, but the ongoing problem that I’m having in my right arm made some of my poses feel sloppy and/or uncomfortable.  And then, in the practice I led, I learned that I am not ready to teach immediately after taking a class.  My head was in the “follower” space instead of the “leader” space and I felt pretty discombobulated. I also realized that I would rather have more pages of notes with bigger words, or less words on the page but bigger – basically, I need to be able to see my notes without my old lady glasses on 🙂

And yet, even with these problems, I’m glad I came to the mat.  I am glad that I did my practice.  Because the practice itself is good for me, and so is being in these moments where my expectations and reality are clashing a little and needing to push myself into letting go of the expectations.  It’s all a practice –  all of it.



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10 Responses to Practice and All Is Coming

  1. I know what you mean about the notes! I want to have lots of notes with me, but not too much, but not too small print…. but I don’t want to keep looking at them, etc. Haha, as you can tell I haven’t perfected it, but the practice definitely does help! Nice post 🙂

  2. MegP4 says:

    This follows nicely with our short conversation this morning, too, on expectations we both had in starting out with yoga. 🙂

  3. Erik says:

    I used to use MS Word to type all my class notes on 1 page. I, too, had trouble reading all the details; too much information, too small a font. Then, I reduced the notes to an outline, using only pose names, and a 14 point font. That solved both issues.

    With experience came less dependency on the notes. I either remember the lesson plan, or, on the odd occasion that I forget it, I can sub flows or poses rather easily.

    I never thought that would come. But, with practice, even that came. 🙂

    • theveganasana says:

      I think that the switch is going to come when I stop trying to “remember” what to say and just think about what I want them to do next, if that make sense. Ah, practice!

  4. Ha, I totally know what you mean about being in the “follower” mentality. One of my first teaching opportunities was alongside another established yoga teacher. She’d start the class, and then I’d take over for about 20 minutes, until it went back to her. The problem was that I was taking the class as I student for those first opening minutes, so when she gave me the signal that it was time for me to take the lead, I was on another level, present in myself but not really for other people. It was not some of my best instruction, that’s for sure!

    • theveganasana says:

      I didn’t really anticipate the problem, but apparently when I’m listening and doing my practice, I just turn off my planning brain 🙂 So, then I started talking and was all… whaaaat? I ran through the entire class in the car on the way to and from D.C. with no notes and not a hitch. But today… not so much!

  5. faern says:

    “have faith in the practice”
    “it rearranges”
    “it moves you”
    all of these are what i think of when reading your post!
    my most difficult training moments were when they asked us to tell them a practice we did, without notes… i have a good memory- but to not be in the space and be asked what went on was like learning greek~
    thanks for your post!

  6. Thais says:

    Although I cannot relate to the whole teaching aspect, I definitely understand the feeling of a “sloppy” practice. But I am starting to realize I need to give my body compassion and love – it is doing the best that it can. Things are not perfect all the time and this imperfection is what makes our practice all the more real and humbling.

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