Bend, don’t break.
Criticism and ego. Both of yourself AND of others. Yoga is about both the physical practice, but also about the emotional, mental and spiritual transformations you undergo throughout that practice.
Focus on YOUR practice and only YOUR practice. Don’t look around the room. Don’t judge the depth of your warrior compared to the girl next to you. And don’t think less of yourself because your tree pose is a little more wobbly than usual.
Accept without judgement. The best and ONLY way to truly acquire and reap all the benefits of your practice. This will also to help prevent injury because you will be more in tune with how your body is feeling and will not push yourself beyond your limits.
Listen to your body
You know your body better than anyone else. Never allow someone to assume that just because something suits one person that is will also suit you.
Make sure you don’t dive in too deep
Try to take classes or attempt poses that suit your personal level of expertise and steer clear of those classes and poses that could be a little too advanced. Take time and be patient with your practice. Progress will not be limited by going for a more comfortable option. If anything, it will solidify and strengthen your current practice at a rate that is more useful and has better long term growth. Yoga is intended to be a path of progress. There should be no desire or urgency to reach a certain destination. Because there IS no destination. Once you acknowledge and accept this, the true path of yoga can begin to unveil itself to you.
Don’t be afraid to modify
Don’t be afraid to modify or ask for assistance or support. Yoga props like straps, blocks, bolsters or even a wall or chair are all great for assisting you in your practice. There is no shame in using props. Think of them as you friends, not an obstacle!
Sjana Elise of bendy Instagram fame has released her first ever yoga program, Body And Mind (BAM) – a 28-minute yoga sequence designed to transform your body, ability and mind in 12 weeks. You can either follow Sjana through each move or go at your own pace on the SWEAT app which also features workout by Kayla Itsines and Kelsey Wells ($ 19.99 a month, or $ 119.94 a year, downloaded via iTunes or Google Play. To stay in the loop about updates, check the website.)
May 17, 201710:45am