2 (no 3!) of My Favorite Yoga Quotes from Erich Schiffmann

If you do nothing else for yourself today, give yourself the gift of reading how Erich Schiffman discovered yoga and what yoga really means to him. It’s not too long — should take you only 5 minutes or so — and you’ll find yourself transported to the mat wanting and remembering the wonderful experience and practice of yoga. He’s a thoughtful (and thought-provoking) yoga teacher and his book Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness is on the top of my top yoga books recommendations. My heart literally jumped as I read these words in his bio: “Remember, Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are.”

2 More of My Favorite Quotes from Erich Schiffmann, Yoga Teacher

Always start your yoga practice sitting quietly. These first few minutes provide an interval in which to let go of your usual daily concerns, gather your energy, become centered, and affirm your motivation to practice with one-pointed enthusiasm. During this quiet time be aware of any specific poses you feel like doing. These will come to mind spontaneously, much like the way specific foods come to mind when you think about what to eat. Pay attention to these subtle requests for they will clarify the content of your practice. –Erich Schiffmann, Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness

I had finally “got how to do yoga.” It finally became clear. It’s internal. It’s a way of listening inwardly and of being guided within. The basic technique is to go within and listen and then do as the within is prompting you to do. I had learned how to create a line of energy and suddenly all the intricacies that Iyengar had been talking about began happening by themselves. I would run energy down my arm, for example, and this skin would move this way, and that skin would move that way, and my little finger would move and my arm would rotate, just like Iyengar was saying. — Erich Schiffman on his path to yoga

Darla Brown

By Darla Brown

Darla Brown is the founder of Share Yoga and a certified yoga teacher. Darla's love of yoga started over 20 years ago. She has taken teacher training and intensives with master teacher Max Strom as well as Jamie Elmer, Kyra Haglund, Luke Ketterhagen and Nancy Goodstein. Darla's practice focuses on breath and healing.

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  1. Both of these quotes are quite personal to me as well. The latter I will discuss in an upcoming entry in my blog, to be released on Friday of this week.

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