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©2020 by Hana Raftery.

Los Altos, California.

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Practice and all is coming




How do you know if your yoga practice is "working?" One of my teachers, Rolf Gates, says to look for the "ordinary victories." A teaching from Ayurveda says to observe if your cravings and behaviors are coming from a place of balance or imbalance. Here are some ways that I can feel my practice is "working": 


Less staying up late/ more getting up with the sunrise

Less cravings for alcohol, meat, caffeine, and sugar/ more cravings for veggies and nourishing foods  

Less judgmental and insecure thoughts/ more kind and loving thoughts

Less mind-numbing TV/ more soul-nourishing books

More joy, more grief, more anger, more love, more laughs, more tears, more feeling


Toxic relationship dynamics start to disappear  

Limiting patterns and beliefs start to lose their grip


My creativity flows easily


I say yes when I mean yes and no when I mean no


I rest when I am tired


My mental chatter is quieter and my intuition is louder


Less dependent on external teachers and outside input/ more trusting of my inner knowing


Life feels less like a forceful push/ more like a joyful ride


"Practice and all is coming." - Sri K. Pattabhi Jois


How are you measuring "progress" in your practice?


With love,


Hana