Asking Questions

I used to come to my yoga practice looking for answers. Now I am just grateful for the questions my practice brings up. I read once that the smartest people in the world are the ones who ask the best questions. Yoga helps us learn to ask better questions.

  • What does it mean to be present?
  • What are my core values?
  • How can I live a life in alignment with those values?
  • What does it mean to live a fulfilling life?
  • How does one move through life with grace and ease?

These are just some examples of the powerful questions we can learn to ask ourselves through our exploration of yoga. They are valuable tools and we can learn to hold space for them as we move through our journey of life and yoga. What is important to remember is that we don’t necessarily ever have to arrive at a final answer. We may have some answers for some of the time, no answers, or our answers might change. What makes this type of inquiry significant is that it is never finished. Yoga teaches to live into the questions of life and appreciate the mystery and wonder all around us.

In our modern culture with smart-phones and the internet, it’s easy to feel like we should have the answers and have them right away. As a child in school, I was taught that not knowing the answer to something was equivalent to failure. It was almost preferred to just make something up than to respond with “I don’t know.” Yoga helps us unlearn these unhelpful patterns of conditioning so that we can learn to sit with the unknown and unknowable. Our world is full of uncertainty, and the sooner we make peace with this quality of life, the sooner we open our experience to contentment, gratitude and joy.

Life inherently has an unfinished aspect to it that will never go away. The Buddha called this the First Noble Truth. We will probably never figure it all out, and that’s okay. What’s beautiful about asking inspired and mindful questions is that they help us reflect on what’s truly important to us in the here and now. They serve as a compass from which we can re-orient and make adjustments in our life course. Socrates is famous for saying, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Another way to say it is that someone who asks lots of questions is vibrantly alive. Over time, a committed yoga practice will help you discover the questions you need to ask yourself at the appropriate time. What you will discover by asking better questions?


Colin Brightfield

Founder, Jai Rhythm Yoga