Saturday, February 16, 2008

An Ounce of Practice

Today my Daily Yoga Tip is short and sweet.

In fact, it's not even my Yoga Tip.

It's attributed to Sri Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh in the Himalayas. In the opening pages of his pamphlet Sadhana Tattwa he wrote:
An ounce of practice is worth tons of theory.
I don't want to add much more to what he said. I hope you pick up this underlying theme in nearly every message I write.

Reading another person's words about the practice of yoga can communicate much. Understanding those words can motivate you and even alter your perspective. But reading about yoga and understanding some concepts related to yoga are not anything like doing yoga.

Try it.

Don't just read about it. Get up. Experience it. Experience yoga!

Kevin Perry

p.s., The Sanskrit Word of the Day from my previous Daily Yoga Tip was hala. Hala means plow as in halasana, the plow pose.

p.p.s., Today's Sanskrit Word of the Day is parsva. I'll tell you what it means next time.

p.p.p.s., Congratulations to Nancy Tuccillo (Georgia), Maxine Mirowitz (Missouri), Heather Klaus (Germany), and Mary Ellen Troy (Michigan) for quickly and correctly translating utthita ashwa sanchalanasana. Each will receive a copy of Yoga for Teens Card Deck by Mary Kaye Chryssicas. Utthita means extended. Ashwa means horse. Sanchalana has many meanings. Generally, you can take sanchalana to mean movement, stepping or cycling. Asana means pose or seat. The literal English translation is extended horse movement pose. Some people call it the extended equestrian pose.

p.p.p.p.s., By they way, if you enjoy snooping around on the search engines, you might like to try to get to the bottom of this. I found that the "ounce of practice is worth tons of theory" quote has been attributed to others besides Swami Sivananda. Some attribute it to E.F. Schumacher, an economist who wrote Small is Beautiful, which I am now tempted to read. The same phrase is also attributed to Paramahansa Hariharananda. It's even been attributed to John Dewey (Democracy and Education, 1916), Gandhi, and Friedrich Engels, who co-authored The Communist Manifesto. Let me know if you get this sorted out.

p.p.p.p.p.s., I've included a picture of a rishi here so you can see what his hair looks like. Rishi means sage. Kesh means hair.

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Kevin Perry
Mo Yoga LLC
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Jefferson City, MO 65101

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