Yoga is about life, not about Yoga.
What we experience in the yoga class or on the mat, is only of value in that it has an effect on how we live life off the mat. Yoga practice is a metaphor for living, a safe laboratory where we can explore our relationships, with ourselves, with the ground,with our breath, with our bodies, with struggle, success and failure. Yoga practice is like life in miniature, simplified so that it can be understood. If we are able to be present and clear minded whilst struggling to hold a posture, that will help us to be present and clear minded whilst engaged in other struggles. If we are able to accept our inability to do a certain posture without feeling blame or resentment, then that too helps us to accept that things do not always work out as we would like,and even if we do feel blame and resentment, by staying with the breath, it soon passes, we do not become attached to it. If we can develop a soft and caring relationship to ourselves, with all our strengths and weaknesses, then we are more able to have care for others, especially our intimate relationships. In this way, what we learn on the mat is always working within us, helping us to lead lives that are happier. As TKV Desikacher said: “Yoga is relationship, and the relationship is peace”.