Yoga, in Sanskrit, means yoke; like the thing that ties cattle to a wagon, not like the thing inside an egg. Like the thing that ties cattle to a wagon, yoga is meant to connect you to something greater than your petty worries. When John Kaag first experienced yoga, the teacher’s instruction was not to think of anything. He found, however, that when he tried to push his intrusive thoughts away, they just became bigger. Kaag discovered the solution was to look his “elephant of pain” squarely in the face. The elephant, like anything that realizes it’s on the verge of being ignored, then turns and walks away.
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