The reality is that our gut feelings are almost always colored by our past experiences, but this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t listen to them. A lot of people are scared to make the same mistakes again and again, and obviously this fear is warranted since many of us do experience life as an often-painful broken record. The purpose of yoga is to transform this samsara of cyclic suffering by applying awareness and yogic techniques that assist in harmonizing our small self with the Greater. In the meantime however, listening to our inner guides with compassion and awareness gives us continuous feedback of how our behaviors land in the world. Rather than being concerned that I am perpetuating any karma, I prefer to view life as one big lab experiment where I can continue to challenge myself to be the best version that I can in order to produce the most loving outcomes for myself and others.