Where you quiver is where you need to get stronger. Move with fixed attention.
Practice. Get stronger.
Come to the boundary. Don’t pass it, just hold. A working posture. Joint stability. Don’t move.
Contract. Use your muscles, not to pull but to stay, keep loose with breath. Relax into it.
Expand. Open where you are tight, slowly, and strengthen where you are weak, mindfully, deliberately. Breathe.
Contact, engage bhandas.
Expand. Do your favorite postures, but devote yourself to the ones you hate and are hard. You need those the most.
If you keep going you will adjust, patterns will shift in your psyche.
Apply what you learn. Change habits.
Do different postures.
”Imitation is suicide.” Read Emerson’s Self-Reluance Essay.
Become your own guiding star.
Educate yourself. Apply information, study, memorize...you know, all the things teacher made you do in school. You’re the teacher now.
Train your mind, follow with body observation. Listen. Adjust.
Learn from different schools and teachers. Especially conflicting ideas.
Be open to understanding. Let go of dogma. Do everything they say not to. Keep what proves true. Do everything they say to, let go of false beliefs, fears taught like truth, remember real yoga (mind working with body) is healing. Always, but you must understand how to apply information. This is wisdom.
Devote yourself to your favorites. Integrate.
Create a truth representing your journey. There’s no conflict. All of it is you. You made it that way. 🙌