What is that chick / dude trying to do? What a show of! How often Are you noticing how someones in the yoga class are watching around to the neighbor mat and fellow yogis? Rolling their eyes. Or just pushing them selves in way too deep pose just for to be a better yogi in asanas than that neighbor mat person who is just such a “wanna Be” Kino McGregory…. Gah! Give me a brake!! You are thinking!…
But hey hey HEEEYYY! Wait a minute… If you just noticed someone eye balling around in the shala, it only means that you should also be giving more attention on your own practice. Turn back in your own breathing, your own intension. Turn back your attention to your own body and the reflections of how the breathing, moving on your mat it feels.
I know it isn’t always so easy. And definitely at the begin of your yoga journey it’s really tough to let go of your ego and the desire to be that awesome flexy thing making ten knots of them selves and still having a fabulous smile on their face. I know this because I’ve been there. Not in yoga but in martial arts and it just leads to you hurting your self . Not only your ego but also physically. And let me tell you, it’s just not worth it.
How You look in the asanas is a not the important thing. How you feel in while you are breathing and moving and grounding on your mat is the true journey. The Journey to find out WHO you are. Finding out your true seer. Cleaning your views from the layers of curtains that hides your true self behind it all. It is not always a pleasant journey but in the end the feeling of Space of harmony around you and the feeling of Peace inside of you, will pay of the growing pain in the end. At first you may think the yoga is you and your mat but sooner or later you will notice that the Yoga practice is much more than the asanas. It is the way you live and love your life and every aspect of it. And when your practice feels uncomfortable or you find out new sides about you that you didn’t know where there and maybe these new sides even scare you or makes you feel less, remember this; You can always decide how to react and act on any kind of information or thoughts. I know this so well and is the main reason for me starting teaching and inspiring others to do yoga. I’m maybe one of the stiffest yogis on biz, but I have found my way of movement as everyone else will find their own. Cancer and my old way of living did leave scares and marks on my body and I just have to accept it forgive myself doing myself harm that way and let it rest. I have learned my lessons the hard way. Here is couple of experiences from life….
Lets say You have invested time and maybe even founds on new business but realize that it was for you. Here you can get stuck in a negative, loosing founds and time and disappointment and accuse others of your failing OR You can concentrate to see the positive sides, what have you learned on the way and maybe you have made even some really good friends on that journey. For me the lost founds and time I see as investment. I found some amazing souls to connect with and I learned how to brand my self, write books (heads up, my autobiography coming during this year 2016), I learned A LOT techy stuff like running successfully Instagram accounts, make ads and marketing on FB and sooooo much more. If you have questions or need advice about these things just let me know. I do not know everything, but I sure know quite a lot 😉 Every biz needs the social medias now a days, so if you don’t have IG and Fb fan page ready to roll, do it. For me the positive side is that i don’t need to pay anyone to run my ads and social medias. I realized that I burn more for to help others with health and Yoga than that I’m burning to make bugs on online marketing. I love people and I love helping. It gives so much more joy!! Later this year I’m coming up also with my own online yoga site for my followers and students. I’m starting to study Yoga Theraphy soon and I look forward to be able to help others with their health even more. I’m excited over it and of corse the fact that the school is in Goa. I will be needing voluntary patients too so let me know if you are interested <3
Or let me also give another example…. for me my Cancer was even though it was 2 years of just surviving the day with pain, nausea and tons of medicines a blessing. I could easily have got stuck on feeling sorry for myself and choose the victimhood but instead I learned to see the beauty in each moment and I learned to be grateful for the smallest things, like the beauty of a snowflake or a little flower braking through the dirt. I started also to sink more into conscious being and living. I did several times each day Pranayama exercises and a couple of asanas of Yin every now and then. I was way too week to do Hatha or Asthanga practice so i just did what my body wanted to do. No forcing or violence – Ahimsa. You can read more about journey on my first post on this blog or get my free ebook Here.
The same way you think when you develop in your own yoga practice. You may have to start in the most basic levels and still find it hard but the acceptance of your own being and allowing the progress take it’s time. Embrace the moment and stop forcing. You will have resistance on that path every now and then but by landing on it and letting it take it’s time you will learn so much about your self. How even in the moment of resistance and discomfort you can find peace in your mind. You will every now and then feel desperation and agony of being stuck and not making as fast progress you want but see how far you have come!! If you are beginner, see you are doing a great job coming on your mat time after time. Just breath through it. Don’t ever compare where you are with someone else. What comes naturally for someone else, is pain for you but remember there is always a pain point even for that other person in a different asana or movement or just in the mind, You just never know. I sometimes suggest my students to close their eyes and just sink in their own experience to eliminate the possibility to COMPARING.
Couple of my favorite quotes about this is;
Yoga is not about self-improvement, it’s about self-acceptance. -Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
Yoga is not about touching your toes. It’s about unlocking your ides about what you want, where you think you can go, and how you will achieve you get there. -Cyndi Lee
No mud, No Lotus. -Gandhi
So soften in your self on your mat next time. Do not care what happens on the mat right next to you. That is someone else’s journey happening there and you should be doing your own. And as you shouldn’t be judging someone else’s practice, don’t judge your own nighter. You are in the right place, in just a right time. Enjoy every moment of it. You are Amazing – Feel it.
Namaste – Love and Light
P.S. My Yoga IG account is freedom_samprema and my personal account is karromilla for those who want to hit follow…