Yoga begins with listening. When we listen, we are giving space to what is.
You may come to your practice to improve your health, or you may try yoga because a friend invited you. Maybe you just wonder what everyone's been talking about and you want to experience it for yourself. You might be trying to lose weight or otherwise change your body. Or maybe you're hoping to broaden your community. It doesn't matter why you've come; it just matters that you take the time to recognize -- with honesty -- why you've come.
Freeman goes on to say, "The particulars of why we come to yoga may take on any number of forms, and all of them are honorable starting points for the practice because each doorway that reveals itself is a path into the deep matrix of what yoga truly is, and each entrance reveals that ultimately we have come in search of the mystical experience -- a timeless sense of complete freedom and happiness."
This week, as you greet your yoga mat, take a moment to ask yourself what brought you there. Begin by listening. Honor whatever your reason is, and ground yourself in the present moment. Start from there.