One of the biggest takeaways I had from my yoga teacher training at Ahimsa Yoga Centre in Toronto was not strictly about postures or breathing.
My teacher, J-P Tamblyn-Sabo, saw us all working so hard, really much harder than we needed to. When you’re straining in a pose, you’re not breathing, and you’re inhibiting flexibility in mind and body. There’s no joy, no movement, no progress.
J-P advised us to do what we were doing, but with 20% less energy. We found that we could achieve the same results without wearing ourselves out in the process.
I think of this range between 80% and 100% effort as the sweet spot, where we see incredible results without giving away all of our energy. Some might think of it as being in the zone, or being in a flow state.
How can you accomplish more by doing less?