03/25/2012 10:25 am ET Updated May 25, 2012

The Power Of Beginnings

While I'm not advocating that you approach your mat and/or class every day with specific goals in mind, I do think that having some sort of outline in your mind about why you're doing what you're doing will give you some guidance, some strength and some structure. That idea, whether it's simply a feeling or as deeply evolved as a specific goal, is something to return to in those extra difficult moments on the mat, and can often translate to fortitude off it.

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