The importance of repetition in your Yoga practice

If you've taken class with us a few times, you may slowly start to become familiar with our class sequence. All of our classes follow Ayurveda Yoga Academy's classic class sequence as a base, and offer adjustments and modifications based on who comes to class and what is needed in the moment.

There are many good reasons why classic class is classic class, one of which is the importance of repetition within practice.

Asana is stop. Asana is immersion. Asana is repetition - abhyasa; practice without end. ~ Master Kim

One day, on the subject of repetition in practice my teacher said; "To break our conditioning and habits we need to repeat. Repetition is necessary for change. People hate repetition - this is the mind we have to overcome. At any time, the same thing is new."

How can we make the same thing new?

"By being present and allowing gravity to flow naturally."

When we are truly present - not acting out of habit nor desire - this moment right now becomes creative, it becomes new. In the same way that no man can ever put his toes in the same river twice, the same posture is not ever really the same posture.

Through a dedicated yoga practice we can become aware of this subtle truth. And as we become more attuned to this truth through our practice on our mats, we start to appreciate that this subtle truth is present in our every day lives too.

And then some magic happens, and your whole life starts to transform.

Michellé D'Almeida is a yoga teacher and student of Ayurveda Yoga Academy with 5 years of teaching experience. She is also founder of Ayurveda Yoga Africa and co-founder of Ayurveda Yoga Africa's Online branch: Yoga Together Online.

You can contact her directly or join her online for class throughout the week!