I have heard that my teacher, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, plans his practice 3 years in advance. I am completely and utterly amazed by this feat because I am still taking it one day at a time. Imagine how much more effective my yoga practice and effort would be if I was planning a year out, a month out, or for that matter, even a week in advance.
I’m by nature a nice person and a hard worker. I’m a pretty good practitioner of yoga and am striving for a daily meditation practice. All in all I would say I’m a good yogi (if I do say so myself!). However, I don’t think its about being a good or bad yogi. Instead the question becomes, how can I become a more effective yogi?
An “effective yogi” uses ones own effort in yoga practice to achieve personal and spiritual goals. But, when looking back over my yoga practice I have spent lots of effort and hours in meditation, and on my yoga mat without setting very many goals. Without setting goals, how do I know my effort and practice was effective? Without setting goals, there is no way of telling whether I am an “effective yogi” or not because I have nothing to base the progress of my yoga practice.
I understand that the practice and effort that I’ve done so far has not been wasted, but I clearly see that I can become more effective.
After all reading Panditji’s commentary on the 13th yoga sutra about practice, he writes that practice does not make one perfect, instead perfect practice makes one perfect. Setting and achieving one’s goals is the start to executing a perfect practice. Without setting goals there is no way to tell one’s progress along the path, what steps to take next in yoga practice, and when one is wasting precious time.
Because its not about being a good yogi anymore, instead become a more effective yogi!