As you can read below, Yvonnes Chen thinks deeply about her practice. Her wonderful writing reminded me of two things:
1. A quote from Pattabhi Jois
2. The klesas (obstacles) presented in the Yoga Sutras
“Anyone can practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Very old man can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. Man who doesn’t have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people can’t practice yoga.”
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
Yoga Sutra II.3
The klesas (obstacles/impediments/suffering) are ignorance, ego, attachment, aversion, clinging to life.
A piece of Yvonnes' journey:
"Yoga, for me, is a spiritual practice. It teaches us so much about life. As humans, we naturally seek pleasure and avoid things that are difficult to us. But Ashtanga yoga doesn't let us get away with this pattern. In every practice, we face every asana head-on—be it easy or difficult—and we also learn to embrace every endeavor with grace, tenacity and persistence."