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D is for Dedication

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?

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