The term “practice” is used a lot in the yoga world. Why? What do the phrases “I practice yoga”, “How is your practice coming along”, or “develop your practice” actually mean? Most importantly, how is a practice different than simply exercising? Merriam Webster defines the two words in the following ways: Practice (noun): a: systematic exercise for proficiency b: a repeated or customary action Exercise (noun): a: bodily exertion for the sake of developing and maintaining physical fitness b: something performed or practiced in order to develop, improve, or display a specific capability or skill Essentially, creating and maintaining a yoga practice is the difference between doing yoga solely as a form of exercise and choosing to incorporate it into a lifestyle. While exercise exclusively focuses on the goals of the physical body, a yoga practice encompasses initiating and implementing change in the body, mind, and life. We count on the term “practice” to connote consistency and a on-going commitment; it is not something we just do and then it is done. The practice of yoga is long-term. As you progress in physical awareness and capability, you also focus on clearing the mind, relieving mental stress and creating good, sustainable habits that will carry into all areas of your life. At Sunstone, we want to transform your idea of fitness from isolated physical activity into a body, mind, and life practice. Check out this brief video to learn more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCG1VM3lgBc Just remember, it's yoga practice , not yoga perfect. We know we will never be perfect, but practicing consistently will get you on the right path. Live FIT. Live Well.