The Sanskrit word “yoga” literally means “union.” The eight branches of yoga encourage us to seek consistency or integrity among the many aspects of our lives. Hence, the phrase “living your yoga.” Even the first step — noticing your inner dialogue and its potential conflicts with reality — truly requires courage.
The root of the word ‘courage’ is ‘cor,’ the Latin root meaning ‘heart.’ In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Today, we more often associate ‘courage’ with being heroic, which sometimes means doing things that feel wrong. As author Brené Brown says:
“I think we’ve lost touch with the idea that speaking honestly and openly about who we are, about what we’re feeling, and about our experiences (good and bad) is the definition of courage.”
Go forth with courage, on and off the mat!