Through sustained focus and meditation on our patterns, habits, and conditioning, we gain knowledge and understanding of our past and of how we can change the patterns that aren’t serving us to live more freely and fully.

—Yoga Sutra III.18

I am taking a break between summer and fall quarters, catching up on many tasks, and beginning the week with a fast that started sunday evening after dinner, and will be broken wednesday morning. As I write, I am liberated of food preparation, clean up, my following of impulses of hunger; I am left with a life that has a spaciousness, and a freedom from habit. Not to glorify the fasting experience, I am also aware of hunger, and a bit of weakness and spaciness. I am subsisting on lemon water and some green tea. My yoga practice is finding a mild groove of restoratives and pranayama, and walks are slow and easy. I think at times we forget that yoga is really all about breaking out of our habitual ways of seeing oursleves and the world, and then behaving along those lines. Giving up eating for a short time has a radical cleansing effect that is health giving on the physical plane. It is helpful also in shaking up the ground of me, to see where I have continued with the status quo, and been unwilling to shake up my life in ways that would be fruitful. No pun intended. Image