Yoga Practice not Yoga Perfection

Sometimes we just want to feel good and move. Yoga is about remembering how capable you already are and celebrating that. To be honest, I have avoided certain poses in the past few years, because I use to think mastering them was the goal… being the recovering perfectionist I am, why do something if it can’t be done right? Of course this is a lie. I am unpacking these beliefs about myself. First of all my body is capable of so much already. I want to enjoy the journey of where I am heading. One day I will arrive at that perceived destination and say, oh look! I’m here, wasn’t that a fun trip! Where else can I go?

 These days Yoga is all over the place, especially social media. You see all kinds of advanced poses with beautiful backgrounds and wonder “how is that possible”?

Especially if you are new to yoga and just want to try it out, those messages can seem intimating and a far cry from real life. While I love that yoga poses are just like art, very intriguing and beautiful to look at, it just doesn’t seem realistic to many people.

Let me explain…

Those advanced upside down, balancing and pretzel poses are acquired through A LOT of practice, years of practice in most cases. Those yoga teachers are just like very skilled dancers and professional athletes. When you see a ballerina dancing you KNOW the blood, swear and tears that went into the skill level. So please don’t let that deter you from at least starting. Just know you are looking at a very committed athlete.

Lets come back to the start. Yoga is for everyBODY. We all start somewhere. We all start with different motivators when beginning a yoga practice. Every reason is a good and valid one. Your journey is worthy. The benefits are vast. Pretty soon you realize that yoga is just as much off the mat, as on. The poses are not the destination, they are the journey.

“This is the great gift of yoga-it serves and nourishes us at every level of our being and spontaneously contributes to greater well-being in all domains of life. The practice of yoga is worthy of your valuable time and attention. Yoga will help you discover gifts within yourself that have remained unopened since your childhood–gifts of peace, harmony, laughter and love.”

Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga.

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