I Have An Assignment For You

710 Words Sep 15th, 2015 3 Pages
I have an assignment for you that will be more challenging than pressing up into handstand or putting both legs behind your head. In fact, you have to be a real yogi to accept. Are you ready? Here it is: Be nice all day, from the moment you wake up until the moment you fall asleep. Be kind and generous in your thoughts, speech actions and feelings. If it sounds easy and you don’t believe me, try giving it a shot before you shrug it off.
Because in between traffic jams, travel delays, dirty dishes, barking dogs, screaming babies, bills to pay, laundry piles and a thousand other things that line your to-do list, it can be easy to get annoyed or frustrated with the world around you. Take time to reflect on your day so far. If you snapped at anyone … judged someone harshly (including yourself) … honked your horn in frustration … or harbored negativity of any kind … then you failed the test already. See? It’s not as easy as it seems to be genuinely nice all day in every way. In fact, it might just be impossible.
After more than fifteen years of a steady Ashtanga Yoga practice, I now measure my success in the practice of yoga by how long I’m able to keep my emotional center spacious enough to be genuinely kind. Trust me, it’s almost easy to get on the mat and bend and twist your body in comparison. And it is much harder to maintain a kind and generous heart in the face of adversity and stress.
But the real yoga happens off the mat.
The purpose of every yoga pose is really to…
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