Yoga is the practice of tolerating the consequences of being yourself. ~Bhagavad Gita
Yoga is a life long daily practice. This practice is a sustained, steady effort to rest in the stillness of the present moment. Yoga occurs in non-attachment, in the letting go of the results of our actions. Yoga means accepting what is true and whatever is happening right now. This acceptance is liberating and helps me be at peace with any feelings, thoughts, and situations that arise.
Yoga means showing up fully for myself and others, breathing into each and every moment with curiosity and kindness. It means welcoming each person into my class with a smile, letting go of how I think things should be and allowing people to be exactly as they are right now. It means I recognize the limitations, judgements, and the obstacles that I place in my path of being fully present. With this practice I can see clearly through the veil of illusion to feel lighter, brighter, and more at ease with myself and my surroundings.
Yoga means unifying the light and dark, the “good” days, the “bad” days and everything in between. Yoga is devotion to nature, the vibrations of the universe, and the innate cosmic wisdom that is far greater and more powerful than this short, sweet life.
Yoga means waking up everyday for dinacharya (daily ritual practice). It means setting a clear intention of how I choose to move through the day. Recognizing that I always have a choice so that regardless of what happens around me, I am always choosing. Yoga means no matter how bendy or strong I become through asana practice, I will never mistake gymnastic ability for wholeness. And it means that I will always value the ability to connect with my heart over the ability to connect my leg behind my head.
Yoga means union. In this state of integration we are whole, complete, and deeply connected with ourselves, our community, and the entire universe.
About the Author: Estee Fletter is a compassionate and inspired Vinyasa Yoga Teacher based in San Francisco. For Estee, the practice of yoga was initially a reminder to quiet the mind and simply be still. Over time, it transformed into a moving meditation of gratitude and devotion.
Estee’s classes are a graceful experience blending chanting, music, and intelligent sequencing with emphasis on safe alignment and breathing techniques.
Her grounded and motivating energy provides all levels of practitioners the opportunity to work safely towards their edge while exploring their own unique possibilities. Estee has completed over 500 hours of teacher training and has been teaching yoga since 2007. Eternally a student, Estee continues to find divine inspiration in all of life’s many teachers, both seen and unseen. www.esteeyoga.com