Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini: Taking the Time to Look Within

Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini: Taking the Time to Look Within

June 30, 2015 by admin Leave a Comment

This article originally appeared in Mantra magazine.

CLARITY THROUGH YOGA

By Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini

We all have a personal story, right? We embellish everything with our personal story and see things through a lens that is clouded by that story.

There are always three sides to every story—your side, my side, and the truth. Your side and my side have a lot to do with our story, and the truth doesn’t have anything to do with our story. Our story can get us in trouble and help us make decisions that can cause a tremendous amount of grief in our lives. However, the truth just is; it’s not embellished by any story. Through the practice of yoga, we take the time to polish the lens of our being so we can see more clearly and let our personal story evaporate.

Most of us are rather good at being constantly full of chatter, mainly because we are engaged by a million distractions. This is why the idea of reflection and looking inside yourself can be very challenging. What does it really mean to contemplate something? Take the time to quiet yourself and pay attention to what’s right in front of you. Contemplation is a skill that will help you in any aspect of your life. Being more conscious and aware can only make your life experiences more profound.

We look for fulfillment in every direction, but the treasure is inside you. We learn that over time from being let down by all the distractions around us, because they are embellished by our personal story and our expectations. Expectations are the root of all suffering, and by relieving yourself of expectations, you can bypass a tremendous amount of pain. Take the time to get to know yourself better by looking within. There is a gem there, and all the facets of it reflect and shine brilliantly.

Expectations are the root of all suffering, and by relieving yourself of expectations, you can bypass a tremendous amount of pain.

No matter where you go in life, you will always be with yourself; you can’t run far enough away. It’s important as a human being to become comfortable with yourself. In the practice of yoga, we start by creating comfort and ease in the physical body, because that is your temple. Your body is your vessel in this life, so why not take the best care of it you possibly can? As we get through the physical, asana part of the practice, we begin to tap into the emotional aspects of who we are, and that’s where the personal story and our suffering resides. The more we get to know ourselves and the more tolerant we are of ourselves, the more we can love ourselves. Cultivating that is so worth it, because what we share with others is what we feel inside.

Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini are the founders and owners of Maya Yoga Studio on Maui, Hawaii. Their unique Maya Yoga system evolved from the traditions of Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga into a practice that acts as an intelligent and sustainable life-support system.

Nicki Doane