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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Inspiring Yogin Series-Practice and Non Attatchment by Dani Vani McGuire

Inspiring Yogin-December 2013-Mark Odle
Every couple of months we enjoy selecting an inspiring yogi from the community and hearing their "yoga story." Yoga is getting to be quite a celebrity in America. We have yoga teachers teaching to thousands in rock concert venues, companies using it to sell products, and hospitals listing it for wellness and pain management, for the first time!

It is an exciting time to be a yoga student-hence all the exclamation points!!! We have all experienced the fruit that yoga bares, still the ancient texts like the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and The Bhagavad Gita tell us to not be attached to the outcome.

How can we not be attached to something so AMAZING and powerful! For me, it helped calm the mental chatter long enough to heal an eating disorder; for others it breaks the pattern of addictions, and for many it is the pain management tool for emotional and physical well-being. The fruits of yoga are as diverse as its practitioners.

As exciting as this all is, we are told to let go of results, and show up!

Check out the Q and A featuring Inspiring Yogi, Mark, when we pulled him aside to ask how yoga is showing up for him.  Side note...Mark has visited the school 225 times since May 8th!

PY:  What continues to keep you motivated and dedicated to your daily practice?
Mark: When I started yoga, the rewards started. when the rewards stop, then I'll stop.

PY: What is your favorite class or teacher?
Mark: Every class is a dedication and a chance to give back, so every class is my favorite. Every teacher is a "teacher" so they are all my favorite. They all make my dedications perfect in their own way. It is safe to say that I have learned and continue to learn from EVERY one of them.

PY: Do you have a favorite asana? Why?
Mark: Every pose is part of my dedication. I need them all to feel whole, so each pose I am given by my teacher of that session, I present it(move) and dedicate it(breathe), to the best of my being.

PY:In what ways has your practice and determination benefited you?
Mark: In every way that is good and true.

Each time I begin teaching class, I ask if anyone is new.  Mark always raises his hand.  Mark has showed up NEW 225 times in the past 7-1/2 months. He says that when the benefits stop he will stop, however when we practice showing up new, we are warriors of the present moment. Yoga tells us that action without attachment to results is everything good and true.

“You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi