I like to imagine when yoga came about thousands of years ago the ancient practitioners were in nature. alone, with no distractions, no one to compare too, and a practice that would radically change their life and interactions with the world.
This practice trickled down generation to generation and soon spread to the Western hemisphere (thank goodness, right?).
Now, I look at all the resources we are given to have access to a yoga practice and I'm immensely grateful, but at the same time, it can be misleading.
We go to classes now, we watch videos, look at photographs, are told what poses are suppose to look like, and are unconsciously falling victim to a perfect practice.
I'm writing this because it's something I've noticed about myself. I think in this day and age, some of us forget that this yoga practice is a practice.... and by saying "some of us", I mean me (oops!).
We're never meant to nail a "perfect" asana (posture) because the perfect asana doesn't exist.
Our bodies are as unique as our DNA. No one is made the same, therefore, no posture looks the same on every single yogi.
Your practice is YOUR practice. It's your time to connect, reestablish, defy, calm, and comfort to create a loving relationship with yourself and the world.
Every day will bring different challenges and victories, but every day you step on the mat is another day to empowerment.
It's called a practice because we have to practice, and while no pose is perfect, you can make it uniquely beautiful and perfect.
Your flexibility will change, your strength will falter, but what's important is that you continue on the path despite these changes because it will get better.
Don't compare your practice with someone you watch behind a screen or in a yoga class- they have different struggles and victories than you, and it's fine.
If we were all the same, it would be so very boring!
I'm not sure what the ancient yogis think about today's practice, but I do know the most important part of this practice is to accept and love every part of yourself and to help heal the world around you.
And, if you are aware of your body and the feelings it is producing in your practice, then we're on the right track.
Stop comparing, start loving and living your truth.
What do you think? Do you forget it's a practice?
Change is inevitable, do you welcome it or fight it?
With much love,
A yogi with the passion to transform and inspire others along their path.