What is a Spiritual Practice?

Whether it's in a power yoga class, a book filled with yoga quotes, or during an exotic retreat devoted to inner growth, we often hear the word "practice" spoken or written in various situations. Some people compliment others on "having a great practice," and others speak of how we are to practice when doing yoga postures or seeking meditation. When it's a verb, it's the act of pursuing yoga and Ayurveda on a day-by-day basis. When it's a noun, it's the total of all actions we take to make that pursuit. Either way, a spiritual - practice forms the basis of how we follow through on our goal of attaining self-realization: the knowledge of our inner teacher and the act of being guided by it.