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Svādhyāya - Self-Study

Focus of the Month - January 2023

written by Marlene Schmitt

Watch your thoughts, they become words.

Watch your words, they become actions.

Watch your actions, they become habits.

Watch your habits, they become character.

Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”

Did you ever ask yourself, who you really are?

I don’t mean your name, your job, your family, your social role, status or age. I mean who YOU really are.

When we come together on our yoga mats, we leave our everyday responsibilities and roles behind. We step into a space, where we can meet ourselves beyond all the external labels to play, explore and listen within.

When I started my Yoga journey I was mostly focused on the outer shapes of the poses. I was judging myself for not being strong or flexible enough, and compared myself to others next to me. Over time my yoga practice developed more and more into a ritual, that allowed me to pause and check-in. Over the years I was able to let go of the external shapes and l