Maui Yoga and Dance Shala

The Power of Practice

Whatever we practice, we get better at, and we are always practicing something.  Either we are reinforcing habits, behaviors and reactions we already have, or we are learning and reinforcing something new. Many of our behaviors and reactions are automatic and unconscious – we might call them ‘default’ practices. Conscious, intentional practice, on the other hand, is what we can do to change and take ourselves in a new direction. Essentially, intentional practice is freely choosing a new way of being and aligning our body/mind behaviors with our values, instead of ‘defaulting’ to old, conditioned stuff.

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Singing the Gayatri Mantra on the garden lanai with Madelyn Ryan

Contemporary science refers to how practice works as Neuroplasticity. For many of us, early experiences conditioned our body/mind/emotions to react in an automatic, unconscious way – this becomes our ‘default’. The good news is that we can consciously choose to transform those default behaviors through practice. Neuroplasticity says that what we have learned we can un-learn and learn something new. In other words, through our intentional practice – awareness and repetition of a new thought, behavior, habit or movement – we can transform. Brilliant! This is one of the ways Yoga works! Practice is our Superpower.

We believe in the power of practice, the power of yoga, meditation and breathwork practices that can support you in laying the ground of body/mind awareness and attention, improving the quality and harmony of your life.  We are devoted to sharing the body, mind and spirit benefits of yoga. We hope you will join us…come practice and train with us and become a member of our yoga community! 

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