I often get students who come to class and afterwards, they start speaking poorly of themselves. “Why can’t I fold forward? My belly is too big. I’m fat.” Then I remind them to think back. “Remember when you took your very first yoga class? Look at where you are now?” I remind them yoga is a practice, but it’s also little steps towards something more. It’s also a dedication, so you must step onto your yoga mat whole hearted.
Sometimes it’s not about getting into an advance pose. It’s really what you need out of a practice. Is it a space to breathe? Is it something you’re holding onto emotionally that’s toxic? What do you need in your practice?
We get caught up in competition within ourselves. We look around. We get caught up. Once you find yourself doing that, take a moment in child’s pose. Breathe. Was this your intention coming into the practice?
Always come back to why you came to yoga class. It’s cool to get into advanced postures, but get what you need. In time, you’ll find yourself there when you least expect it. Your body will tell you when you’re ready. Keep your chin up. Keep a positive perspective. An attitude of gratitude. Dedication to make time to practice. You’ll find a more enjoyable practice each time you approach yoga this way.
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
― Abraham Lincoln