As I dive deep in life having as a sail and wheel my yoga practice, I can consider that I am a very fortunate person in this tiny globe we live on.
I started practicing a long time ago, overpassing two decades now, and back then when I was just a teen, I become a true enthusiast of Yoga. On that time, asana was my core and I was working on every day with the energy of a Pitta youngster which couldn’t measure when to stop and how to balance its own practice.
Nowadays, life brought me to the reality of being the mother of three and a full-time worker on Yoga, Ayurveda, and also a producer and event organizer, which makes my schedule up to the head and gives me sometimes, the mindful glimpse of weighing too much in this small body.
But what is interesting on this is that nowadays, I started to understand yoga as the very dance of life. It litteraly jumped up from being a boxed practice that worked when I was on the mat, to the very own life I live in.
If you were a yoga practitioner and are now a mother, you may know what I am talking about:
There is no time to have your time :)
And that is the blessing life has brought to us through our children - to let us be rid of ego and false perceptions, misconceptions and confined practices and truly understand the act of union through the single practice of awareness in all our daily duties.
So, as the children started to accumulate, and as the entrepreneur that defines me in my sattvic/rajasic movement started to grow, I had (and still have) moments where I felt my practice was going through the hole and that I was not being able to reach up to that yogi Ideal I always aimed for…
You know - to have that fantastic life where you top at your practice, travel a lot to study, meet good friends and are, in the end, the personification of solitude…
Well, it is ok if this stereotype doesn’t fit you! And even like that, I assure you: You can still be a truly yoga practitioner and you can still achieve that realization you long for…
Maybe it is time to tell you about this secret which is to simply live life with awareness. You know about the Yamas and Nyamas, you know about the principles of Sattva, you know you have karmic bonds and limitations…. So, just accept it and Be your Best.
At each time you make your kids dinner or do the laundry, don’t forget to do it with love and the awareness of unity. That is the reason and the cause behind all these veils of Maya that pursue us, and if you cannot do your mat practice, through raja yoga or hatha yoga (or other practice that fits you), simply do your karma yoga, in your daily duties. Do that with the devotion all beings deserve, and you would be a bhakta for sure. Understand that precious form of devotion confined in Mata Prema (the unconditional love of a mother), transpose that for all that surrounds you as if you were the personification of the great Mother and that all that exists is your creation, and you will find yourself in that blissful state of compassion and sublime understanding, that normally surrounds all thoughts about your children but now expanding this feeling to imbue all creative reflexion in this universe. Pray for your food and your life through mantra chanting, and you will be able to consecrate life to its highest. Try to learn in every single lesson life brings to you, detached from ego or arrogance, and you will be in the path o jñana. Be inclusive, and you will experience yoga (union) in each of your own acts.
Meanwhile, your kids will eventually grow and that will bring back to you your time and your mat practice. When that happens, maybe you will understand how minor is this vision of Yoga, but remember your body is your vahana, your vehicle in this life, and as so it should be loved and consecrated based on these aspects of respect and complete awareness of what to do with the tools you have in this life. When you get back to the mat, each and every time, accept your downs and lows and remind yourself to be with the stillness of mind and the focus that had characterized all your life, even when your practice was not worthy of an Instagram pick. :)
Simplicity and acceptance are indeed the best practices to evolve your spirit. You will see, that your body will be inevitably dragged out with it.