The daily readings that follow are an invitation to get into the canoe of your practice and flow down the river of yoga. You may go deep, into uncharted waters: you will surely encounter challenges and delights along the way. But first you must get into that canoe and let go. In class I say: let your practice be a refuge from your need to control. And I suggest the same to you: get out of the driver’s seat for a while and enjoy the scenery. let the river of yoga take you where it will. If you hit whitewater, stay in the canoe and keep paddling. When you enter calm pools, do the same.
At a native American gathering in Arizona for the 1999 summer solstice, a Hopi elder said: There is a river flowing now, very fast. It is so great that there will be those who will be afraid. They will try to hold onto the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and suffer greatly. Know that the river has its destination. The elders say we must push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open and our heads above the water. See who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves, for the moment we do that, our spiritual growth comes to a halt. The time for the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves; banish the word ‘struggle’ from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred way and in celebration. We are the one’s we’ve been waiting for.”
Now, go to your mat and push off from the shore.

From: Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates, Katrina Kenison (2002)