Bhagavad Gita: (2:47) “You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction.”

 

Initially I was drawn to this excerpt because of its undertone of tough love, to which, as I’m sure you know by now, I am very receptive. Upon further examination I realize that the philosophy behind it is applicable to every part of my life.

I attribute my hard-working, determined personality to the fact that I am Capricorn. Also attributable to this is could be my constant self-deprecation through criticism. Never am I smart enough, productive enough, accomplished enough, capable enough. This is of course through my own limited perception: I am not enough for myself, and I need to be better for myself. This internal monologue sabotages my power and successes in the long run as I look for concrete signs that I am improving.

However, in my bountiful 16 years I have scarcely seen a blatant or obvious mark of validation. If my “fruit of work” is my own satisfaction, then maybe I will have to do without it. This is not to say that I will be unsatisfied, but rather a suggestion that where I am, at any moment in time, is going to have to be enough: no more, no less.

Through this thinking, and with the eradication of my own undermining tendencies, I can move past my own mindset and expedite my growth boundlessly and without a reward or endpoint in sight.

This same thought process is important in an everyday yoga practice. No pose should be performed with the goal of perfection, or even to immediately reach full expression. Instead, focus should be on correct alignment, muscle energy, breath; all of the components that bring life to the pose as opposed to a quick artificial success or reward of an asana.

After all, the best part of any reward (whether it’s attainable or not) is working toward it. To quote Miley Cyrus, “It’s The Climb.” The best part of working toward being a yoga teacher is learning in a supportive and challenging environment with people I am safe with and deeply connected to; not the certificate at the end. The best part of Side-Angle Lunge is feeling the rock hard burn in my thighs as my breath circulates completely through my being as I glue my hands together for the bind; not the wobbly Bird of Paradise that I attempt just to prove I can.

The best part of life is living it.

 

Georgia Boutot

200 Hour Teacher Training Graduate

Breath and Body Yoga 2017

Desirae Pierce

Breath and Body Yoga, 4800 Burnet Road, Austin, TX, 78756

Director of Breath and Body Yoga, E-RYT 500

 

Shining in ballet from the age of three, Desirae took a lead role in the Nutcracker by the age of six with the Fort Worth City Ballet Company.  Through high school and college, she continued a path of competitive sports mixed with the arts. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, she followed a creative marketing path and in 1993 opened her own graphic design studio American Pie Design, Inc. Desirae discovered that yoga provided a counter to the stress of the corporate world. Traveling the country for major corporations, she experienced many yoga styles, but found Bikram YogaBaptiste Power VinyasaAnusara Yoga and Sridaiva Yogastyles provided a spiritual aspect, the missing puzzle piece to her life. In 2006, she opened Breath and Body Yoga on Burnet Road and in September of 2015 she opened the second location on Exposition in Austin, Texas. She established the leading 200 and 500-hour teacher training school in Austin plus produces online classes and yoga videos. The University of Texas’s Women’s Volleyball, Softball, Golf and Men’s Baseball and Women’s Basketball teams hire her to bring strength, flexibility, breath and alignment to their collegiate sports.  At present she teaches, tours and trains, bringing a new dynamic to the practice where vinyasa flow meets alignment.