Hatha yoga practice exposes our deepest parts. It reveals both our physical patterns and mental habits. As humans, we are very much creatures of habit and routine. It is easy to become stagnant in the rhythms of our lives.
Svadhyaya is a sanskrit word that means “self-study.” In the eight-limbed path, it is one of yoga’s five Niyamas and it is fundamental in yogic philosophies. Svadhyaya takes real effort in order to gain greater insight into our own true nature. For most of us, this is a paradigm shift, as we grow up spending nearly all of our time studying everyone else.
Taking the practice of yoga step by step will lead to big changes, and allow us to face our fears more easily. In order to fully enjoy life you must renounce your fear and anxiety and I know, having spent a good portion of time being terribly afraid (afraid of not being perfect, afraid of what others might think, afraid of failing, afraid someone I loved would leave me if I didn’t do my life right according to them, afraid of really being happy, afraid of being myself).
Remembering it is not how or when we accomplish something, it is that sense of enthusiasm during the process that demonstrates our quality of life. And that works on and off the mat since yoga is transportable, just like a suitcase or backpack.