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The Wisdom of NOW from the Ancients

Sage Patanjali, author of The Yoga Sutras (a guide to achieving the state of yoga) began his very first Sutra with Atha Yoga Anushasanam. Translated to be Now (atha) Begins Yoga (the union of body, mind and spirit).

Atha = Now

Yoga = Union

Anu = Atom / Smallest amount of time

Asana = Seat/Connection

What's powerful about this first sutra is that Patanjali does not begin with "Once Upon A Time" or "As Soon As You Have All Of Your Act Together" he calls on the power of NOW (atha).

In a world where we can literally have everything at our fingertips and easily divide our attention among multiple things the practice of living in the moment seems to be slipping through our fingers.

In our world today, so much of what we crave, what we put our attention on, is how to look better, feel better, get more 'likes', and we seek outside sources for a solution to how to live. With our attention divided between our jobs, our society, our roles in life and our relationships how could we possibly seize the moment when moment to moment we spread ourselves thin?

Atha Yoga Anushasanam.

In Baptiste yoga we have a phrase that you may often hear teachers generate, "Be in the NOW, and you'll know how." If we simply surrender to giving our full attention to what is happening in the present moment and giving it all we've got then we truly begin to see how to live a rich and fulfilling life.

Think about this, if you live in the moment, you give your whole heart and mind to being right where you are, who you are and soaking it up there can be no if, ands or buts. No regrets only fullness.

What you do on your mat getting present with your physical body, your breath, your mind and intention are practices that allow you to seize living fully moment to moment, breath by breath. When your body, mind and spirit align your words, your thoughts and your actions become more conscious, intentional and aligned leading you forward on a very intentional path through life. Over time, this practice begins to translate off your mat, be it in your conversations with family, listening to a loved one, showing up fully present and bright for work or seizing a sun filled moment in the great outdoors. The key to abundance lies in giving all you have to all you do in the atha.

While Patanjali may have written his sutras long ago it is a wisdom we can still live by today. Seek to find time each day to be in the practice of Atha and discover for yourself how that can change you life.

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