A few weeks ago I shared some inspiration from Baron Baptiste:

“Come as you are, not as you think you should be.”

The idea is that growth — maybe even more growth — can come from allowing, rather than pushing. I think a lot of us really appreciate hearing the permission to soften that this teaching invites, particularly right now, during these intensely challenging times.

Today, I feel compelled to remind us of another teaching that might, at first, sound contradictory — from an important 14th century yogic text, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika:

“Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga, but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success.”

When we’re “off”, stressed, struggling — as many of us are right now — follow the protocol. Don’t give up your practice. Don’t give in to inertia. Rely on the routines that have supported you before, the things that work. Use them to get back to where you want to be. Hold the opposites: Come as you are to the mat, yes, but come. Put in the effort to show up for yourself. That’s the secret — the sole secret — to success.