Years ago and a few after I had begun a regular yoga practice I had a couple of months’ hiatus from yoga. I can’t remember why – perhaps a combination of being busy with work, pinching pennies and falling out of healthy habits. When I finally returned to a class, the practice felt refreshingly invigorating and grounding. After class, when the instructor asked how my practice was coming, I was ashamed revealing to him that I had so completely fallen off the yoga wagon. He didn’t miss a beat when stating something to the tune of “Well, yoga doesn’t end when you leave the mat. It’s not just the asana. You’ve probably been doing all sorts of yoga.” I believe I had read this sort of proclamation before, but when he said it, it sunk in for me – and relieved my sense of guilt at not practicing the physical series of poses. Of course we can practice yoga off our mats! It’s in the way we live – the practices of flexibility, non-violence, truthfulness, balance and all of the other positive intentions carry over to the rest of our lives. This instructor’s words shifted my whole perspective on yoga and how it impacted my life.
This instructor was Glen Tippin.
I am so grateful to have this wise yogi grace Mudra. Be sure to meet him and experience his inspired classes: Steady Flow Vinyasa, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:15-10:15am.