author Mara Schiavetti


How Yoga Informs
Our Success and Happiness

Yoga asana teaches that the transitions make the practice. Just as mindfully moving into and out of postures makes our poses stronger, mindfully navigating through life makes our ‘peaks’ more enjoyable. 

It’s easy to grow attached to goals and aspirations. After all, those are the things that shape us when we’re young. Whether we long for early retirement, force ourselves into impressive-looking poses, slave our energy for a promotion, or push our child towards our dream university, what’s important is that we orient ourselves towards these goals with peace and clear intention.

But however well intentioned our dreams are, it’s essential to check in with what we actually need––right now. We may find that the life we’re currently living is the perfect manifestation of the work we’ve exerted, and that pushing beyond that thrusts us into foreign lifestyles prematurely or unfittingly. It’s tempting to want to live for the ‘next big thing,’ but it’s wiser to live peacefully with what we have in front of us at the moment. 

When we constantly seek the good in our present, and act not out of expectation, but out of dignity and grace, we’ll find that life ceases to feel like an uphill battle, and we’ll realize how perfect each moment really is.

The Bhagavad Gita is a story within the Mahabharata about ancient yogic heroes Arjuna and Krishna. A dialogic piece, it teaches that the greatest balance between happiness and success comes when we take accountability for our actions by behaving without an expected or anticipated return. They’re talking about the principle of ‘karma,’ in which that exact energy we exert is the exact benefit or challenge we receive. 

Living with this kind of presence and care gives strength to our actions and enthusiasm to our work––and being open minded to opportunities, and present in life, gives us the keys to enormous potential.