― Mahatma Gandhi
Each morning when I kneel on my mat, I begin my practice of Adamantine® Yoga in Child posture. With my first conscious breath I give birth to a new practice. Just under an hour later I rest in Corpse position, and then I greet the day.
When seen in this light, each practice becomes a metaphor for life.
The Adamantine® Yoga sequence begins with Child posture and ends with Corpse intentionally. The way in which you approach everything that comes between these two positions can become an opportunity to refine your character and a means of practicing how you live your life.
The Adamantine® Yoga sequence is preset and the rules that govern proper execution are clearly defined. This is also true in life. Many of the freedoms we imagine are illusions and the path we think to be of our own creation is often rooted in variables we have little choice but to follow.
But in life it’s not what you do but how you do it that leads to lasting happiness. In yoga it’s not the postures you practice, but the manner in which you practice them that creates a fulfilling experience.
Fear, self-doubt and negativity will show up in your practice. Pride, aggression and anxiety will reveal themselves. The way you do anything is the way you do everything, and your yoga practice is no exception.
The single, greatest lesson you will ever take away from your mat is to carry the skills you learn in your practice into everything else you do.
Relax. Have integrity for your highest truth. Cherish yourself and act nonviolently. Surrender to the moment for what it is, and be grateful for all that you have been given.
Oh, and above all, keep practicing.
For it is only by using these skills relentlessly, each and every day on your yoga mat, that they become your natural response to the much more challenging adversities to be found in daily life.