I’m super pumped that Sara turned her Namasaturday feature into a link up. Even though I’m a couple days late this week, I am definitely going to make an effort to join in regularly. Since taking the yoga & journaling workshop a few weeks ago, I’ve been feeling the pull to share more about my experience with yoga with you guys and what better place to do so then here.
I don’t often get to the studio to practice, but when I do I always come out learning so much, whether it’s some ancient yogi wisdom, some tips to improve or a whole new pose to work on. The other day in class, Sam said something about yoga being a practice. Of course I knew this, but she went on to say that life is the real deal. It was a good reminder that what we learn on our mats doesn’t have to stay on our mats, to apply those lessons to every day life.
I’ve learned a lot of lessons throughout my yoga journey. These lessons are what keep bringing me back to yoga and keep me on the path of becoming the best me that I can be.
1. Patience – This is something that I’m still continuing to learn and is much needed. I’m definitely a person that struggles with patience in all aspects of life. I especially struggle with not being able to do something well right away, which is where I am really learning in yoga. I want to be able to do all the challenge poses now, but know that these things take time to build the strength, balance and flexibility.
2. Ego – This goes along with that quest to learn all the challenge poses. Sometimes my ego gets in the way and I think I can do something that I clearly can’t. I’ve taken some nasty tumbles thinking I can do pincha, which I very clearly can’t. However, I’ve also been able to get into some poses I didn’t think I was able to do. Which brings me to my next lesson.
3. I am stronger than I think. Sometimes my ego thinks I can do things that I’m not quite capable of, because I see other people doing them and I want to be at that level too. But sometimes I don’t give myself enough credit for the things I can do. Sometimes I’m afraid of falling out of a pose and am too afraid to try. It’s when I take a deep breath and take a chance that I’m surprised at what I really am capable of, and that I am stronger than I think.
4. Slow down. Rushing through poses, and life, does no good. We can’t do anything properly on or off our mats if we are rushing through it. Breath deeply, move slowly and intentionally always.
5. There’s no such thing as I can’t. I just can’t do it yet. In the last class I attended, we did the beginning steps to get into eight angle pose. This is not something I had ever attempted before and was something I definitely wasn’t able to do. Yet. I know that if I intentionally keep practicing, I will be able to get into it and hold it successfully. It could take a couple weeks, it could take a couple years, but it doesn’t mean I can’t do it at all.
What lessons has yoga taught you?