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Many years ago there was a commercial on an Orlando station about a muffler shop. Its velcro, bubble wrap-popping contagion of a tagline remains a pop-up mantra for me in times of wondering why I am not getting what I want, when I want it really, really bad:

Wishin’ won’t fix your transmission.

It’s been a personal incentive when I find myself wanting (read: waiting for) some result whilst sitting around like a bump on pickle. But once yoga whispered in my ear, particularly the Sri Vidya lineage and Rod Stryker’s Parayoga, it hit me. Thud. If I want results to happen, doesn’t it have to be as a…result of something?

We animals, the lot of us, want results. Food is usually the motivation. Or sex. Some species get my above message with little trouble at all. Case in point. Anyone knows an ant can’t move a rubber tree plant, but–you know the rest.

Beyond universal results, here’s another little something certain humans wish for: Trendy-sexy. Ah, meme worthy mash-up word. “Trexy.” Or “Sendy.” If you are among this ilk, you’re in a plethora of luck. You can find Trexy on almost any city corner. Yoga Studios!

Here’s how it might shake down in those dens of who-can-do-the-hardest pose the best. Some of the commonly asked results-based questions by yoga seekers are:

  • When will I get flexible from yoga?
  • How long will it take to get toned arms, a yoga butt, flat abs, and to put my leg behind my head?
  • When will I get a body that will look totes adorb doing errands in my yoga pants?
  • When can I start teaching yoga myself? I do poses better than anyone else in class, even the teacher sometimes–so than means I am a natural yoga teacher, right?

Enough levity (levitation will be covered in Chapter 11). What does work to up the odds of that transmission being fixed. (By the way, if you practice consistently, we can talk about yoga transmission in good time.)

To add some sure to the fire of your wish (hopefully your soul is at the helm), Sankalpha Shakti (will and determination) is your vehicle.

From a Vedic tradition, Iccha Shakti is one of four levels of intensity that can be applied to your result-vacum. Will and determination. Limitless will and capacity to accomplish what you want to achieve. Damn the torpedos, your will will be so. My teacher, Rod Stryker, puts it this way:

“Becoming unwilling to fail. You won’t take no for an anwer. Your desire, will, and action, even your speech and thoughts, become like a laser that is focused on achieving your goal. The full force of your desire is now unyielding. No amount of discouragement keeps you from continuing to invest all of yourself and everything in your reach to attain your goal.

Which lures me to paraphrase a gita (song) that runs deep in the veins of our culture:

By Larry Rogers [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

You can’t always get what you want,but if you try (operative word, that) sometime, you just might find you can get what you want. Cue indomitable will and determination!

Of course it’s not as easy as telling yourself you should do (fill in the blank).

How do you fire up will and determination? What practice has moved you from bemoaning that wishin’ won’t fix your transmisison to gliding along the autobahn?

Rod Stryker quote from his book The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom, page 127.

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  • Karen Devaney

    Inspirational post Barbara thanks for the reminders no plan B–it gets in the way of pan A!

    • Barbra Brady

      I love that idea, Karen…gets in the way of Plan A!

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