what is your practice? Whatever is needed

This is a great teaching on dukkha or suffering by Michael Stone, a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, Buddhist teacher, author and activist. Michael was recently in London teaching early morning practice at Stillpoint Yoga London. He’s also written some great books like Yoga for a world out of balance and The Inner Tradition of Yoga.

Taking Care of Ourselves, Taking Care of the World

In this video he’s speaking at a day long workshop for New Leaf Yoga.  New Leaf Yoga is a non-profit group teaching yoga and contemplative practices to at-risk and incarcerated youth.

Things get really interesting at around 31 minutes. Embrace your ego and accept what is, in order to fully embody your whole life (my words). It’s an inspiring call to action to accept to integrate all aspects of ourselves no matter how unacceptable that may seem.

At around 1 hour in Michael implores: “Find really good teachers, don’t make up your own practice. Find good teachers and put in some years with them.” I love the way Michael integrates yoga philosophy, relationships, daily life and social activism . The talk is over an hour long but it’s really worth the listen – an inspirational call to action for those of us who want to make a difference!

What is your practice? whatever is needed – Basho

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