I had such a wonderful time at Kia’s workshop in Glasgow a couple of weeks ago. It is always beautiful to welcome my teacher in my home studio. She resets my practice and my love for it. Her pranayama session, and the philosophy she shared with us has particularly stayed with me. She said that progress in yoga practice is not measured by what happens on the mat but in our relationships.
After this, I began thinking about practice, about what is it that we do, and how careful and tender we need to be with it. Whatever we practice on the mat, we will get more of. Practice with stress, with haste, and we will get stress and haste. Practice competing with others, we will get competitiveness. Exercise compassion and you will be more compassionate. The postures are not the goal; they are just the tools by which we transform ourselves.
Kia is coming back to Glasgow in March. You should come to practice with her. Get in touch with me if you are interested!