Many people practice yoga as their fitness
regime – which I believe is totally fine, if this is what they want. However, yoga
shouldn’t be placed in the fitness realm. Getting a strong and flexible body
might happen through regular practice, but yoga isn’t just moving from one pose
to another. It’s about ourselves, establish a deep connection to the self and
learn on the way.
If you’re after competition and judgment, the yoga
studio is the wrong place to be, as yoga isn’t competitive at all, it’s not
about can or can’t, it’s not about the student next to you. We are using asanas
to quieten our mind, to slide into a moving meditation.
That doesn’t mean we can’t do some of the fancy
stuff that is popular right now! Go, try everything that catches your
attention, but also understand there is more.
When attending a yoga class, be prepared that
you might not get what you want. Instead, be open to receive what the teacher
is ready to give to you. Encouraging and guiding you to look inward, and become
rooted in the deeper sense of yoga.
It’s a slow process, there’s no rush.
Photocredit Pasindu Madushan Photography
Never judge your progress on physical standards. Instead feel it. The posture might look the same, but you will feel the progress. There is more, there is always more, don‘t allow any expectations or judgment to ruin your progress. Let it come naturally, without forcing. Be patient.
Find your rhythm, vibrate in your frequency, follow your pace. This is the way to smile while learning 😊😍
There is no bad practice. All practice is perfect. Each asana is perfect.
Do you feel overwhelmed sometimes from all those Facebook and Instagram yoga pics and videos? Honestly, I do sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, I love to watch yogis in their beautiful practice, but same time I feel kind of sad. We should avoid thinking that this is how a yoga practice should look like.
What we see is a beautiful performance. Is it yoga, because the it’s made of yoga postures? Can be. Perhaps it’s just a show of flexibility and strength. We can’t see what’s happening inside, but for sure it’s not me. It’s not you. It’s not our truth. So it doesn’t tell us how our practice should look like. Just watch and enjoy. End of story.
On your mat, close your eyes. Withdraw your senses and start your practice. Let your aim be finding yourself, your true self. Not your body, not your thoughts, not your limitations. Through asana practice, through meditation, or best case a combination, a moving meditation. Having said that, it is important to do the postures as correct as we can to avoid injuries and to benefit most. However don’t care much about how your practice looks. It’s your practice, just yours. Your practice is not mine. Mine is not yours. Both are perfect. No judgment, no competition.
Allow your mind practicing yoga, not just your body doing asanas. This is what it’s all about, connecting, stillness, peace. Within.
Om shanti shanti shanti.
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