All You Need is Patience and Persistence. I fell in love with yoga because it is both invigorating and humbling. I am forever challenged by it physically and mentally, perpetually working and evolving toward my best self. But what I find love most about this practice is the never-ending ability to start fresh.Yoga has taught me to live life with a practice of non-attachment. That does not mean a lack of goals or ambition. Rather non-attachment requires you let go of a rigid end result and trust the process. This entails patience—lots of it!
Some people believe they just don’t have the patience to practice yoga, but it’s truly a matter of self-discipline. Patience is a learned behavior, something conscious that needs to be nurtured and watched after. Practicing patience requires strong willpower or a seeking spirit to develop that willpower. It is not a switch that you turn on and off. You must watch yourself in thought, word, deed and reactions. When you feel a sense of urgency, or tension and impatience arises, catch yourself. Take a breath. Consciously choose to let go of the knee-jerk reaction in order to smile through it in your composure.
The grand part of learning to be patient, as with any practice, is that it’s more than okay to fumble and fall off and straight up fail!. You’re never finished with it, and the practice of patience is not a game to be won. It is forever to be started over and over again. I must remind myself to be patient every single day. But even though I fail almost every day, I continue to get closer and closer to that unshakeable poise with an open and sincere heart.
How exactly does one practice patience, you ask?? Think of how you would learn to play the piano, which is the repetition and practice, over and over again, every day. I use my everyday life events to practice. Often times, I still have to catch my first jerk reaction: locked jaw, fists clenched and gut wrenched, impatience ready to blow. But over time, developing self- awareness and self-control have allowed me to take ownership of that reaction, to accept it and channel my energy into a more life-giving and sustainable response.
I practice yoga to develop my patience with myself. For me, yoga helps me train myself to be my very best self physically, mentally and emotionally. Asana is my embodiment of patience. The postures demand stamina of both a physical and mental sort. I have learned to let go of the need to reach an elusive ‘there’ in my practice, because I find as soon as I finally get there, a new horizon appears off in the distance. So I remind myself: patience, persistence, non- attachment.
Designer & Stylist: Peggy Khoucasian / Writer/Yogi: Ashley Rufo