How Yoga Makes You Happy
Yoga is an adventure whereby we engage in sacred fun. When we are playful, we can more easily connect to an overall sense of freedom. In yogic history, Lord Shiva in Guru Gita tells Devi Parvati “There is no Mukti without Bukti”. In other words, there can be no Freedom (mukti) without enjoyment (bukti). The spiritual path should be one that you enjoy. It is only by choice that we imprison ourselves by thinking life is harder than it needs to be. Therefore the answer to our own freedom from suffering is giving ourselves permission to tap into spontaneous, sacred fun!
“When you stop doing things for fun, you might as well be dead.” Ernest Hemingway
Serious Benefits Without Being Too Serious
As adults, Yoga helps us reconnect to the spontaneous fun we had when we were kids. We’re moving and breathing and trying our best to put ourselves in funny looking shapes without being self-conscious, much like children in a schoolyard. Yoga class is pretty much like “simon says” but all grown-up and a great form of adult recess.
Often the biggest mistake we make as yoga students is taking the yoga too seriously. This makes yoga harder than it should be and is counterproductive. There are benefits to digging deeper and striving our best, but the way we practice doesn’t need to create more tension.
Remember: Your Yoga Shouldn’t Stress You Out
Here’s your mission if you choose to accept it: get on the mat for the most Sacred Fun you can possibly imagine! Don’t wait. Do it now. Life is too short not to celebrate it fully everyday! And remember, if your yoga teacher doesn’t make you laugh at least once per class, you should ask for your money back. Love yourself, love your day, love your life!