The world doesn't really need more people who can bend their bodies into amazing positions. What it needs are kinder, more compassionate, generous people.— Donna Farhi
The most surprising Donna Farhi quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don't transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.
In truth, it matters less what we do in practice than how we do it and why we do it. The same posture, the same sequence, the same meditation with a different intention takes on an entirely new meaning and will have entirely different outcomes.
Our breath, like our heartbeat, is the most reliable rhythm in our lives.
When we become attuned to this constant rhythm, our breath can gradually teach us to come back to the original silence of the mind.
Practicing yoga does not eliminate life’s challenges, and neither does it provide us with a convenient trap-door to escape from life’s distractions. Instead, Yoga gives us the skills to meet life head-on with dignity and poise.
Without intention, all these postures, these breathing practices, meditations, and the like can become little more than ineffectual gestures. When animated by intention, however, the simplest movement, the briefest meditation, and the contents of one breath cycle are made potent.
Slowing down is the precursor to Yoga practice because this simple act allows us to consider our thoughts, feelings and actions more carefully in the light of our desire to live peacefully.
Yoga is a technology for arriving in this present moment.
It is a means of waking up from our spiritual amnesia, so that we can remember all that we already know.
The asanas are useful maps to explore yourself, but they are not the territory.
Breathing affects your respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, muscular, and psychic systems, and also has a general affect on your sleep, memory, ability to concentrate, and your energy levels.
What yoga philosophy and all the great Buddhist teachings tells us is that solidity is a creation of the ordinary mind and that there never was anything permanent to begin with that we could hold on to. Life would be much easier and substantially less painful if we lived with the knowledge of impermanence as the only constant.
The process of breathing is the most accurate metaphor we have for the way that we personally approach life, how we live our lives, and how we react to the inevitable changes that life brings us.
When we feel connected to the vastness of life and are confident of life's abundance, we are naturally generous and able to practice the third yama, non-stealing (asteya).
Through daily yoga practice we can become present to our own fundamental goodness and the goodness of others
There is no waiting and no delayed gratification because yoga is both the means and the result, and the seed of all that is possible is present at the very beginning. This experience of stillness is possible in the first ten minutes of your first yoga class. It is possible in this very breath.
Shaucha, or living purely, involves maintaining a cleanliness in body, mind, and environment so that we can experience ourselves at a higher resolution.
Am I becoming the kind of person I would like to have as a friend?
When we bring our mind into our body, the body becomes mindful, and the mind becomes embodied
In truth it matters less what we do... than how we do it and why.
Life is not inherently meaningful. We make meaning happen through the attention and care we express through our actions.