― B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life
One of Iyengar's great lessons was the focus on alignment--a focus any student who has finished an Iyengar class with a small stockpile of props will recognize.
But as Iyengar wrote in Light on Life, the props and the techniques for stacking the bones, for bringing hips into alignment, these were all a part of a process for achieving a much larger alignment in one's life, in one's world.
Some of us are just beginning our fall semester's, some of us have already started. Already, the pressure to do, do, do is mounting. And yet, at this early moment, we might all do well to pause and be inspired by Iyengar's focus on alignment--in our lives on and off the mat.
As we look out across it, is our fall calendar aligned with our priorities? What is the scheduling equivalent of that sneaky hip that wants to pop out--what is drawing us out of alignment? What tools and techniques (technologies, accountability networks, people) might help us bring the coming semester into a healthier alignment with our commitments?