The comforting news is that we are not alone. All of these companions arise for everyone. In essence, the practice of yoga is a vehicle that is designed to help us navigate through the obstacles with clarity and peace. The obstacles we meet on the mat, we will most likely encounter in some form off the mat as well.
Profound progress with the practice can’t really be measured by one’s physical ability or inability to do an asana, but in the ability to learn, listen, find patience and cultivate understanding. The most important guideline is just get on your mat and breath, focus and do what you can in that moment in time, without worrying about progress or achievements.
Done sincerely, the practice will guide you and grow with you, and remember: having said all of the above, the practice still makes us feel good in a million different ways and we actually very rarely regret practicing. So, see you on the mat very soon!
”Do your practice and all is coming.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” ― Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
"Astanga yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory." ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”Everyone can practice Astanga yoga. Except lazy people.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
"Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is." ― Bhagavad Gita
“The mind is restless and difficult to restrain, but it is subdued by practice.” ― Bhagavad Gita
“Asana practise is for 2 hours. Yoga practise is for 24 hours.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”When the mind is quiet, the asana is correct.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”This is not a gym, you are not here to work out. You are here to bring peace to yourself, to know who you are.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”With practice anything is possible.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
“The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it.” ― Bhagavad Gita