When I was asked by YogaWorks to share my interpretation of the first thread of the rich tapestry of ‘The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’, I was reminded of the fullness within this short introductory phrase. Sutra 1:1, ATHA YOGANUSASANAM translates to ‘Now is the exposition of Yoga’, Atha meaning ‘Now’, and anusasanam referring to the exposition or instruction. Here Patanjali instructs the reader, the student, the disciple to remain alert as we embark on the journey through deeper dimensions of Yoga.
“The past is history, the future is a mystery”… yoga is now. It is the very moment I choose to be present with my breath and my body and the connection between the two. To hop off the spinning wheel of thoughts, duties, distractions, attachments and get still…spacious…observe & listen. It is the clearing of the residue, the melting of the resistance which allows me to reside in my wholeness. It is simple yet challenging at times. It is an auspicious invitation into the present.
It is my homecoming. It is here, it is now, it is timeless.
Patti Quintero, E-RYT-500, began practicing yoga in 1994, and has taught for the past thirteen years. She has studied several traditions of yoga including Ashtanga and Iyengar, as a result her classes give careful attention to postural alignment and the fluidity of body and breath. As part of their Teacher Training Faculty and Professional Program, she leads 200-hour teacher trainings, mentors trainees for the 300-hour program. Patti is also a certified Doula and leads prenatal teacher trainings locally and internationally. Patti is the lead in the Yoga Works DVD Beginners AM/PM and has inspired many pregnant women with her prenatal yoga DVD Journey to Birth. Patti teaches Vinyasa Flow classes and Prenatal Flow at YogaWorks in Santa Monica, California and is one of the featured online yoga instructors at MyYogaWorks.com.