Monday, January 25, 2010

Prescribing practice

As Sri Pattabhi Jois, founder of Ashtanga yoga, said:
“Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.” 
I’ve been thinking about how this 99% practice idea applies to so many things in life. And how doctors should really be prescribing practice to patients: practice healthy eating habits, practice exercise, practice good relationships, practice discipline, practice creativity, practice confidence, practice learning, practice working hard.

Because everything takes practice. Health, contentment, love, good relationships, success… these don’t come easily to anyone.

I love this idea that “habits are first cobwebs, then cables” (Spanish proverb). Developing the right kinds of cables takes practice.


  1. "doctors should really be prescribing practice to patients"

    I agree wholeheartedly, and I especially like your first item:
    "practice healthy eating habits."

    When so many of our health problems are caused by poor diets, doctors should be recommending healthful diets, not more and more drugs.

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  2. Practice listening is a good one too. listening to the body, listening to some one speak, listening to your children...

  3. This blog post is profoundly wise