D is for Dedication
As a yoga instructor, I often get asked how often one
“should” practice yoga. First of all, in my humble
opinion, the word should needs to
exit our vocabulary. It puts unnecessary
stress, unease and doubt into our lives. "Should" makes it seems as if there was a better choice. Instead, I suggest you ask yourself “how often could
I practice yoga in my current situation?”
And here’s the big reveal, there is no clear cut answer. You need to sit and ask yourself first, how
dedicated do I want to be to my yoga practice?
Definition time! Dedication:
the quality of being committed to a task or purpose.
So in other words, what is your level of commitment to your practice?
There are many answers.
You can choose how often you practice at a class and/or how often you
practice at home. Will you commit to the asana practice? Meditation? Will you begin to involve your practice in other parts of your life? These decisions reflect
time commitment, financial commitment, and family/personal needs as well. And remember, all these commitments will
fluctuate over time, therefore your time commitment to yoga may also fluctuate.
So here is my advice:
Do what works for you, your calendar, your wallet, and your loved
ones. Then do it with all your heart and
full attention. So every time your sweet
feet step on the mat, it is with love, acceptance, and awareness, with a full
and grateful heart.
So maybe for you, this is at a class or at home. Maybe once or twice a month, maybe one or two
times a week. 20 minutes a day or 60
minutes a week. Whatever commitment and
energy you put into your practice is how your practice will develop and grow. And most of all, it will feel comfortable and
manageable to you within the scope of your whole life, not a chore to be done.
How do you measure dedication to your practice?