on the mat

refers to the practice, the discipline of yoga and meditation. what you experience on your yoga mat. it describes what goes on when we are present.  when we feel our bodies and sensations from the inside out, and open our hearts enough to see, acknowledge and accept what is going on within us. in the practice, we may discover aspects of ourselves that we don't like. perhaps we push ourselves, are inflexible, competitive or insecure. maybe we have pain, emotional or physical buried on very deep levels that we are afraid to face. 

 

“the on the mat experience gives
us a contained platform of self study”

the on the mat experience gives us a contained platform of self study. with sincere observation, we begin to touch and accept the physical, emotional and psychological barriers that we have constructed over the years. those conditioned behaviors that limit us and block us from having an authentic connection with ourselves and the world. Our approach to the yoga practice along with our experience of obstacles, etc on the mat is the mirror to who we are off the mat (in every day life)

 

off the mat

refers to how we live our lives on a moment to moment basis. as we begin to embrace ourselves and our practice from a more accepting and compassionate place, this new perspective begins to infiltrate into our daily lives, off the mat and into the world.

 

“we start to live more and more from a place of truth and authenticity, and grace unfolds.”

when we learn to have love, compassion and patience for ourselves, we can then extend these qualities into our relationships and the situations around us. we start to live more and more from a place of truth and authenticity, and grace unfolds.


on the mat, off the mat. for yoga, for life, with grace.

inspiration

Yoga and meditation is a way of moving into stillness

in order to experience the truth of who you are.

It’s a matter of listening inwardly for guidance all the time,

and then daring enough and trusting enough

to do as you are prompted to do.

Erich Schiffmann

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