Effort vs.surrender: yoga’s tug-of-war

One of the most difficult parts of any yoga practice is cultivating the ability to find the perfect balance of effort and surrender.   I always loved when my teacher would remind us to, “go to your edge, but not past it.”   Aaaah, the edge.  That point in your practice where any less wouldn’t be enough, but any more would be too much.  Getting to the edge requires some effort — effort in body and focus.  Resisting the urge to go beyond requires surrender and faith — surrender to what your practice IS here and now.

If there’s one thing that yoga has taught me more than anything is acceptance of exactly where I am in my practice at any given moment; to let go of ego; and embrace the process. The next time you go to your mat, try to find your edge.  Go to it, and surrender to the moment. 

“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh


– Your Charmed Yogi

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4 thoughts on “Effort vs.surrender: yoga’s tug-of-war

  1. I love that AML quote…so beautiful. I just found your blog and I’m really enjoying these many little nuggets of reflection and wisdom that you offer. I am adding you to my blogroll over on lilablog.com and I would be so grateful if you would consider checking out my blog and sharing it with your readers on your blogroll too.

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