“Between Effort and Surrender is where Strength Resides”
– Anthony Gary Lopedota

The recent passing of my father made me reflect on how I’ve been living my yoga and everyday life. Finding the balance between effort and surrender is a continuous challenge to me and I’m sure to many. When do we push and when do we accept and surrender? Your yoga practice is like life… Each circumstance in which we find ourselves is like a pose; some poses are challenging, others are easy. It is how we apply ourselves to mastering the pose that determines whether or not we will suffer or grow. With both life and yoga, we can choose to listen to the drama of the ego or the wisdom of the spirit.

Balancing Effort and Surrender on our Mats

Mastering an asana requires finding the balance between effort (sthira) and surrender or ease (sukham).

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Recently one of our newer members asked me “What does Namaste mean?”.

I told him that it means, the divine light shines within me and it recognizes that the same divine light shines within you. When we both recognize this within each other, we are one.

“Whoa,” he said. “I don’t know if I am ready for all that.”

Fair enough. I understand; but let’s take a look at “Namaste”.

The literal translation varies depending on your language; however, they are all pretty much saying the same thing. In Sanskrit, the word ‘namah’ means bow, ‘as’ means I, and ‘te’ means you, translating into “I bow to you.” Actually it implies ‘I bow to the divine in you”.

The most common meanings of Namaste are:

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