It’s okay not to be perfect.
More often than not, the perfectionist in us expects zero flaws in whatever we do. Reading up on anatomy allowed me to understand more about how our body structures vary and it’s almost impossible for a person to do every pose perfectly.
In life, there’ll always be various aspects that might not be as great as the others, and that’s alright.
Some days will be better than the others.
On some days, I can barely touch my toes, and on others I can place my full palms flat on the floor. It’s all about the state we’re in at that point, be it mentally or physically.
Do not discount yourself for feeling lousier than you were yesterday. Every day is different, but there’s always good in every day.
The real competition is within you.
Thanks to social media, we’re consistently comparing ourselves with others. This toxic virtual space allows us to share all the best parts of life, leaving us green with envy and questioning on the fairness in life. In the beginning of my journey on the mat, I find my eyes darting around the studio looking at what others are doing and how well (or badly) I’m doing compared to the rest. Drop this habit. Yoga is a journey with yourself.
As with life, be contented and appreciate what you have rather than focus on what you don’t.
Focus on progress, the end results will follow.
It’s good to have a goal in mind, but I realized yoga is not a means to an end. It is a journey. As cliche as it sounds, I’d rather enjoy every moment of my practice than to constantly pre-empt the next move or think of what I’m trying to achieve at the end.
It’s great to have the motivation to work to achieve advanced poses, but ultimately, yoga (to me) is to embrace the moment.
We inhale and exhale for a reason – breathing in what we need and breathing out what we don’t. In yoga, your mind reaches a state where you start releasing what no longer serves you through meditation and breath.
I breathe intentionally, focusing on the breath coming in and out when I’m feeling stressed. Most of the time, the breath helps me to feel lighter and calmer. Try it!
What have you learnt from your journey?