Every time I walk into yoga class with my favorite teacher, I know I’m gonna learn something good.
She’s in her early forties and has been practicing since her teen years, and I sit there on my yoga block at the start of class and soak in all the juicy goodness that comes out before we head into our flow for the evening.
If you’ve been following me for a while now, you probably know how I feel about hustle culture. I’m not a fan of hustling and willpowering our way through to get the results we want. I am aware that not all results in life are possible without focus and discipline.
She then spoke a Sanskrit phrase that described the in-between of ease and effort:
sthira sukham asanam
“That’s it,” I thought.
That’s the feeling I’ve been trying to figure out how to put into words. There’s no perfect word for this in the English language.
It’s that feeling of pushing yourself enough to feel a challenge, while still feeling some ease, like it’s the thing you’re meant to be doing.
It’s what I want from my life. I don’t want everything to feel easy. Because it’s not fulfilling. It’s a powerful practice: working on something, seeing the progress, and knowing it’s because you’ve put in…