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Lessons From the Mat

by Lori Mancini in Practice with No Comments


Taking Flight

Practice Makes Permanent

Whether it is school, work or work-outs, we practice until we get it ‘right’.  We push ourselves until it is ingrained in our muscles and our minds.  We practice to be better, smarter, stronger, more charismatic, more polite, more stable and more…plugged in. It opens us up to endless possibilities.

At Laughing Elephant, we do endless cycles of Warrior 1, Warrior 2, chattarunga, up-dog, down-dog and various namaskars. Loosely translated, a namaskar is a story or a gesture. Every practice is the story of your life at that particular moment. Scary, huh? Because some days are better than others, and sometimes it’s really hard! It’s hard to find the time and the strength, both mentally and physically.

So…why do we do it?

On our mats, practice allows us to flirt with the edge, to make space and to breathe. We laugh, we cry and we encourage.

Off our mats, practice teaches us patience and gives us strength where we thought there was none.  We practice to be better and to be prepared. We practice together. Legendary coach John Wooden said, ‘practice makes permanent’. Amen, Coach.

Why are you practicing?