Posts Categorized: quotes

January 23

Work in a way that does not create more stress.

Living Your Yoga: Work is necessary but making it stressful is not.  When you go to work today, breathe before you answer the phone and pause for one breath before you answer your boss.

Judith Hanson Lasater

January 22

A yoga practitioner is one who neither runs from nor seeks out pain.

Living Your Yoga: If your usual yoga practice is strong and stimulating, today try restorative yoga poses instead.  If your practice is gentle, today do five of your hardest poses. Cultivate a nonjudging mind while you do them.

Judith Hanson Lasater

January 21

Be with what is.

Living Your Yoga: Look out your window right now and see what is there: a perfectly manicured lawn, a busy sidewalk, an old shed falling down. Breathe it in.

Judith Hanson Lasater

January 20

Yoga practice allows the pain that is already in us to be experienced.

Living Your Yoga: When you practice your poses today, do not think of the gentle discomfort you feel as a problem.  Remember that the tightness in your muscles is just your suffering trying to get out.

Judith Hanson Lasater

January 19

Suffering comes from our unwillingness to be present.

Living Your Yoga: Today notice five recurring thoughts that take you away from your life as it is.  Write them down.  When you have a chance, burn the paper lovingly, and let those thoughts drift away with smoke.

Judith Hanson Lasater

January 18

Yoga is willingness to be present.

Living Your Yoga: You can practice yoga all day, not just on your mat.  How?  When you are truly present, you are practicing yoga.  Throughout your day, repeat this Mantra for Daily Living: Right here, right now.

Judith Hanson Lasater

January 17

Problems are transformed when we are present.

Living Your Yoga: When someone disagrees with you today, stay present, listen, and then let them solve the problem.

Judith Hanson Lasater

January 16

Yoga does not solve our problems.

Living Your Yoga: One of the greatest sources of our suffering is the attachment we have to finding “the solution.”  Right now practice Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose) for itself, not because it stretches your hamstrings or shoulders.  Breathe and enjoy it right now.

Judith Hanson Lasater

January 15

Feel what you are feeling.

Living Your Yoga: Sit down for a moment, close your eyes, and just feel what you are feeling: be with anger, with happiness, with boredom, or fatigue.  Do not judge this feeling.  As you watch them, notice how your feelings transform.

Judith Hanson Lasater

January 14

With what attitude do you challenge your body?

Living Your Yoga: In order to find balance between the need to challenge yourself and the need to nurture yourself, choose this Mantra for Daily Living when you practice asana today: I will move at the speed of my body, not my brain.

Judith Hanson Lasater