Yoga leads me to . . .

Sunrise Yoga ITMP_5394 110312Quite often, the practice of yoga is referred to as a journey.  How many journeys have you undertaken where you had no particular destination in mind, where you could truly be a wanderer?  To wander, according to Meriam-Webster, is “to move around or go to different places usually without having a particular purpose or direction.”

Your yoga journey probably did not start off without a purpose or direction.  Most people begin a yoga practice with the hope of accomplishing something, changing something, improving something.  While starting yoga may have required your inner explorer to emerge, when did you feel the transition from explorer to journeyer occur?  And do you still have the same purpose or direction for your practice as when you first began or did that change as the venture progressed?

A yoga journey with a goal doesn’t mean there can’t be a bit of roaming and adventure along the way.  After all, if you are truly on a journey, your yoga “travel” will likely cause you to be a bit different than the person you were when you began the trip, and that will, in turn, likely inspire you to navigate new territory.  The key is to reign in the gypsy, the tourist, the nomad so that it is a journey and not a mindless venture.

While it may be true that “Not all those who wander are lost” (J. R. R. Tolkien), it is good to remember to “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” (Greg Anderson).  Happy travels!