Be your own authority / by Brian

“Research your own experience; absorb what is useful, reject what is useless and add what is essentially your own.”

— Bruce Lee

I shared this quote from my first guru Bruce Lee in class the other day because his words relate just as much to your yoga practice as they do to developing yourself as a martial artist. It suggests that the ultimate authority is your own direct experience, something that is also suggested by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutra 1.7 which reads:

प्रत्यक्षानुमानाअगमाः प्रमाणानि 
pratyakṣa-anumāna-āgamāḥ pramāṇāni
Insight arises from direct perception, conclusions, or learning that are based on reliable sources.

My advice? Listen to the suggestions of your teachers and the scriptures but try it out for yourself for a period of time and observe the results to decide for yourself whether it's something you want to keep on practicing. Ultimately it might not be the thing you need, but maybe it's something that could benefit one of your students some day, or yourself down the road.

Stay ever curious and be open to the possibility of innovation, to the things that you discover in your practice. For Yoga to remain a living, breathing tradition, it needs sincere practitioners who are exploring for themselves the application of practice in the context of their modern circumstance.


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