Sthira, Abhyasa + Body Thrive
Let me ask you a question…
Do you ever think the accomplished yogis and vaidyas of yore (insert your favorite accomplished yogi(ini)) ever woke up and didn’t want to hit the mat?
Do you think this ever went through his/her mind?
“God, I’m over it. I keep saluting the sun, the moon, the sky, the Earth. Shiva, I’m bored of chanting your name over and over and over. Vishnu, I’ve had enough of sitting on this freaking cushion. Hanuman, I give up…”
That Yoga Sutra of Patanjali comes to mind: sthira sukham asanam.
Supposedly the first word of a sutra is crucial. Get that word that you get the sutra. Sthira.
Sthira means steady.
Another Yoga Sutra of Patanjali comes to mind: abhyāsa-vairāgya-ābhyāṁ tan-nirodhaḥ.
Repetitive practice without desire is the bomb.
Repetitive practice without desire is the bomb. I mean the yoga.
Subtle ancient keys to your vibrant health evolution… I know.
But us modern humans have it way harder, I swear. In a world of compelling super-entertaining distractions steady repetition of habits… of the practices… is radically unappealing. The sages of yore didn’t even have electricity…. let alone apps.
Well, today, I’m going to give you my gnarly secret for dealing the hard part of health evolution.
The good habits our bodies need aren’t going to change. Nor are they going to go away. But, we can change our habits.
In the last post – My Jewish Colon + the 10% Shift – I repeatedly mentioned a 10% shift in health requires a 10% shift in our daily habits. And you guessed it, the 10% improvement of our habits has everything to do with whether my Jewish colon is a healthy-bacteria populated organ-of-action, or an un-optimized cesspool.
And if I can make the choice between being an embodied cesspool or microbe-gem factory, I’m going for the gem factory.
It’s the most basic daily habits. The practices. The bedtime. The waking time. The hydration. The bowel movements. The morning practices. The meditation. The yoga. The making food that is great for my body. Every freaking day.
Yes – it’s the basic drills we can always get better at. It’s the boring stuff that determines whether we sink our own ship or get to keep sailing.
And you get to make that sexy choice too.
Are you going to surrender your 10% increase in your body’s thrive potential even though you knows it’s all about sthira (steady habits) and abhyasa (repetitive practice)?
The 10% question is this: Do you know what would shift with 10% more energy in your veins? 10% deeper rest in your adrenals? 10% healthier gut bacteria? 10% less toxins in your body? Aging 10% more slowly than your current rate of biological aging.
The 10% potential gain is simple. And it’s hard. And it’s deliriously not fun alone. And it’s fun and easy in groups.
You need 2 things.
For the 10% gain in your body thrive you need 2 things:
Seed of motivation
The right people
What is the seed of your motivation?
For me and my Jewish colon we have some petrifying statistics. Honestly, it’s a good motivator for my simple holistic daily habits. Sadly, it hasn’t been for others in my extended family.
You need to find your own seed of motivation – your own fountain in the desert of your own current status quo. I can help you do that. Sometimes, it’s not as obvious.
Second, you need the right people. Otherwise, it’s too hard. I know – I work with the yoga teachers. People think it’s easier for yoga teachers, or “people like that.” Guess what? It’s not easier for people like that. It’s not easy for anyone.
It is easier when we put ourselves in the place where “everyone” is doing what we want to do.
And now, I’m giving 20 people the chance to go through my simple holistic body habits course. It’s called Body Thrive. It’s simple, but it’s not easy. I aim to entertain in the most progressive and evolutionary of fashions.
If you want to apply to be one of the 20, click here.
(This is a teaching program. Our sessions will be listened to by the Yoga Health Coaches-In-Training.) There is a financial investment to be a member. Only apply if you are serious about your 10% health evolution.