“You are good enough for your practice. Is your practice good enough for you?” Once, while reclining in savasana these words flashed before my inner eye. In my meditative calm I felt the crystalline truth of this subconscious message. Upon arising I was left with the task of fashioning an explanation for its deeper meaning.
Sometimes my relationship with yoga resembles a jigsaw puzzle. When an obstacle in a posture is resolved through a deepen twist or bend, the consequence of this resolution creates other obstacles which require attention. The infinite perfectibility of a posture can oftentimes be overwhelming for yoga practitioners at all levels of experience.
Luckily, this sort of phenomena has been has been observed over millennia; in eastern philosophy it’s often called maya. Maya means illusion, and it is basically a product of mental modifications, which separates our attention away from source consciousness. I don’t want to say maya is bad or good. Maya needs to be understood in the present moment for what it is.
I am a strong advocate of a nutritious and fun yoga practice. One whose positive energy can be felt up to 30 hours afterwards. A truly fruitful practice helps me perfect the art of transforming postural barriers (i.e. maya) into road-signs towards success. I feel the practitioners at all levels of experience should strive to transform their notion of a good practice towards that of a fruitful practice.