Mysore Kind of Morning.

Via Lauren Hanna
on Feb 20, 2013
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Photo: Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia
Photo: Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia

“Do your practice and all is coming.” ~ Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

It’s not in the “getting,” I hummed to myself with an inhale, look up, exhale jump back, inhale, exhale, jump to a seat; it’s in the “going.”

It is in the receiving and in the letting go.

I am finding that the more one tries to get something in this practice, in this life—the more it will elude us. Such as in the getting of kurmasana. It’s much more fun to be fully immersed in the going to kurmasana—because when I arrive, there will be another pose to get, another thing to get and I’ll always be unsatisfied.

As soon as you have that job, this house, that life—as soon as you practice second series—then you will be happy.

Or, you won’t be.

You see, it is not in the getting.

Inhale. Exhale to fold.

She told me, “You have it at five, which means you have to fight for it at four.”

It is in the going; it is in the moment when, “But I’m fatigued,” is met with, “Then you have to fight it.”

It is in the slam-dunk colliding of someone jumping through across the room. The floating. It is in the uneven floorboards and in the morning heaters clanking.

It is in the going.

It is in that hour when you want to dive under the sheets but he kisses your nose and says, “It’s time–get up.” And he smiles, because you both know that you secretly love the fight between your sheets and your shala.

Inhale root down, lift up—exhale and curl back.

It is in the miracle of your hands finding Earth in that standing dropback.

In the full-body breathing and joy that ripples to the surface as you stand back up; it is not in the getting–let this be emphasized most clearly.

It is in the going.

The absolute pure love of going.

Do not trade me your nine hours sleeping, there is work to be done.

Sweat to be made.

There is sitting with and feeling to be had—no judgment-making.

Just going.


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Ed: Bryonie Wise


About Lauren Hanna

Lauren Hanna, E-RYT 200, MSS Candidate, is a social worker by day and yoga ninja by night. It was in Pittsburgh that she first discovered the thrill of yoga and her love for social welfare and animal rescue work. With her cats Lotus and Calia in tow, Lauren hopes to someday combine her love for yoga and animal welfare with her career as a social worker. Lauren likes to dream a lot about saving the world – one puppy, kitten and human at a time. Lauren also loves cobblestone streets, arts & crafts, action movies and writing books with her Grandmother. If she had a billion dollars she'd probably spend it all here. Follow her @laurenfoste.


4 Responses to “Mysore Kind of Morning.”

  1. Thaddeus1 says:

    Right on. Getting there is not half the fun. As DG said in Kovalam…"You have to stay there. You've worked so hard to be there, don't be in hurry to move on."

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  2. sallyearthsky says:

    very very well said … :~))) ………

  3. Renata says:

    I really liked this simple and true article. Well said indeed.

  4. Karen says:

    I love yoga and Ashtanga very much…. It is true that sometimes you don not want to get up and go to your mat. But in my case, once I step on it everything changes…. I realize why I love yoga.. It is a moment with mysefl…. A moment of pure joy and bliss. Namaste ♥ ★ · ψ . ❤ · ♫ Ommmmm Shanti Shanti Shantiiiiii