Saturday, June 04, 2016

Following Rules - Yoga Today

Practicing yoga is not about following rules. Yoga is simply suggestions for living a healthy and peaceful life. These suggestions are not to be followed, but to be understood.

If you understand rules you will follow, but if you follow rules understanding will never come.

If you understand the rules of yoga, or for that matter the rules of life, then following the rules will come automatically as a backdrop to your life.  You won’t think about what is right or wrong you will simple move in the right direction.

For example desire-less-ness is a suggested direction to be followed in yoga. If you follow it as a rule you will kill all desire, and if you kill all desire you will be  desire-less However, you will also be dead because desires are not only desires they are the flow of life. We desire to eat, to sleep and to love. To be without desire, in yoga, is to be without discontentment. Contentment is one of the suggested rules of yoga.

Here is a story about rules. A man was hired to be a doorkeeper at a museum. Before he started he was handed a book of rules and told to memorize them. The first day on the job a man came to the museum and the doorkeeper told him to leave his umbrella outside.  “But I don’t have an umbrella,” said the man.  The doorkeeper said, “In that case you will need to go home and get an umbrella because the rules say unless a visitor leaves his umbrella outside with me, he cannot be allowed in the museum.”

Rules are to be understood not followed blindly.


Remember rules are to not be followed blindly. They are to be understood and when you understand the rules of life you will flow with life effortlessly without the attachment of desire. You will simply move in the right direction.

It is okay to have desires, just don’t let them control your life. If you let them control you, you will need rules and rules followed blindly destroy life. Understand the nature of life and then follow its natural flow. If love is not in your life today don’t obsess over it. Let the energy of life flow and be the love you seek.

Doctor Lynn



If you came to my yoga class- you would practice:

Are you quiet and respectful (phones off) in yoga class because it is the rules, or do you understand the significance of being quiet and respectful. Both allow you to find peace and humility; two very important aspects of yoga. Don’t be quiet because I tell you to be quiet. Do it because you understand why.

If I ask you to take a deep breath, do you do this by following the rules, or do you understand that deep breathing is a necessary part of practicing yoga. It is not a rule to be blindly followed.  It is a suggestion that if followed will improve the nature of your body, mind and soul.

Sava Sana is practiced at the end of yoga class. Not as a rule to be followed, but with an understanding that the ultimate goal of yoga is to work toward bringing peace to the body, the mind and soul. Be at peace.


May you go with health, happiness and peace.


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