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Right Effort

right effort buddhist teachings

Right Effort is part of the Eightfold Path of the Buddha’s teaching. It suggests not pushing too hard and not going slack. I find that every day and in every situation I have to practice right effort. In every pose, every pranayama breath I must find “right tension”. It really is an art, an internal art and I caution to others in this chapter not to push too hard in their practice.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In the first half of my yoga journey, I was drawn to a high-octane, power practice. I was fervent about making progress and was on a trajectory of upward mobility through the order of poses. It was the kind of practice where students looked like they were in gym class—donning sweatbands, carrying towels, and wearing skimpy clothes. I was fervent, disciplined, and competitive. Inwardly I competed against myself, eager to better myself. Outwardly I would compare myself to other students on the mat.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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