Manifesto for yoga

Every body loves yoga. The first principle of yoga is cause no harm to yourself, or others. Listen to your body, be kind to yourself. With pain there is no gain. Take responsibility for your own practice. You will be most free in your body when movement is aligned with your own experience, rather than governed by angles or by comparison to others. Allow the poses to happen by themselves, there’s no need to impose. Play with postures, feelings and ideas, break all the rules. Expect a lot from your teacher, and even more from yourself. Learn from your teacher, learn more from yourself. Going slow is more challenging than moving fast. Have the courage to stay with challenges, and stay open to what they can show you about yourself. Have fun with your body and be creative, it’s all the sequencing you need. When your body relaxes, your breath relaxes too. When your body is happy, you are happy. All you need to do is have a go. Let the yoga speak for itself.