Practice and All Is Coming
Anyone tuned into the yoga world this week will know that the title of this post is a quote from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, aka Guruji to his students. Guruji was on my mind as I ran this week, as I despaired at my slowness, my asthma, my inability to keep running for three miles straight. As I plodded through the running trails, I thought, “What would Guruji say?” (I mean, other than “No running! You do yoga!”) And I thought how running is a practice like yoga, and how much I sucked at yoga when I first started, and how the important thing is just to keep going, keep practicing. So that helped.
I also thought of another Guruji quote: “Everywhere God seeing.” As I thought of that, a kirtan song by Deva Premal came on the iPod and suddenly the meadowlark that warbled as I passed was God. The blooming trees were God. Even my own ragged breath was God. As I arrived home, red-faced and panting, I was glad to know that you can do Yoga without doing yoga.