This photo was posted on Facebook by Heather O’Hara. This is a photo of her grandmother before and after she started practicing yoga. The photos were taken less than one year apart. Her teacher is Rachel Jesien, a Certified Yoga Instructor specializing in Alignment, Backcare & Scoliosis in NYC.
I do not know Rachel, but based on the results shown in the photo she must be a wonderful teacher. However, it is important to note that these results could never have been achieved without the dedication and commitment of the student.
No matter how incredible the teacher, if the student doesn’t practice, the student doesn’t change.
Heather’s grandmother did not take a lesson from Rachel and go home to wait for her next lesson. She took what she learned and practiced. In Sanskrit the word for practice is Abhyasa. It translates to, ‘persistent, consistent effort, practiced over a long period of time’. It does not mean practice when we find time for it. It does not mean wait until you attend your next yoga class. It is a fiercely focused commitment necessary to create a change. That’s the kind of practice it took to make this change. A change clearly seen in the photo above. We can all learn from Heather’s grandmother.