By Alana Bray

Phebi in Upward Facing Dog!

Everyday I am reminded why I practice Yoga, and it comes in many forms; It feels good, life inside my body is fluid and conscious, I breathe easier, it gives my life space, I become mindful. To sum it up, I learn to be more present. When we sit down to practice Yoga, we must tell ourselves from the start "I am here to pay attention". A beautiful mantra that describes the simplicity of why Yoga works. We are here to practice paying attention to Now.
Eckhart Tolle writes about being friendly with the present moment, so that we can be friendly with life:
"Each day of your life appears to consist of thousands of moments where different things happen. Yet if you look more deeply, is there not only one moment, ever? Is life ever not "this moment"? this one moment --NOW-- is the only thing you can never escape from, the one constant factor in your life. No matter what happens, no matter how much your life changes, one thing is certain: it's always Now. Since there is no escape from the Now, why not welcome it, become friendly with it? When you make friends with the present moment, you feel at home no matter where you are. The present moment is as it is. Always. Can you let it be?"
When you practice paying attention to Now, through your Yoga practice, what you are doing is maintaining the ease in this moment through the delicious breaths connecting to your fluid graceful movement patterns. You are here to pay attention to your friendliness with this moment. If you are friends with this moment, you are friends with life.
May we use our Yoga practice as a beautiful time spent with Now.