This Sunday's Led Class, the teacher did a kind of a spoken word. Before starting the practice, he took a few minutes to explain to us that we have ourselves one question - and one question only - to ask: Is My Practice Stable?
I can tell the teacher has a bit of a frustration with our students, because I literally don't know ONE student in our shala who practices all days we should practice. Most of us practice Monday-Friday and skip the Sunday Led Class. Other ones come to the Sunday Led Class but only practice the Mysore Classes a few times a week. This must really annoy our teacher who himself is so truly devoted to Ashtanga yoga.
'You have to make the commitment. It is not a question you ask yourself when you lie in bed, do I go this morning or do I not go. You just go, because you have this commitment. In the morning, you brush your teeth and you brush your spirit, and then you can start your day. It is a routine. I know there are hundreds of excuses for not practicing and some or rather good. It is getting cold outside, who would want to get up so early when it is cold? Still, you have to go.
If you go to Mysore and you decide to skip a day, the next day your teacher will ask: 'Where were you yesterday?' It is simply not an option to skip here and there. You just practice every day. Then you're creating this heat in your body and the process can do its job.'
Is My Practice Stable? Not at all. I just had the flu that prevented me from practicing for a week. Now I am better. Let's make my practice a stable one.