It’s a Yoga Practice, Not a Perfect

LotusDrawing.purchasedWhen I was young, I played the flute. I practiced every day, even the boring stuff, like scales. I was thrilled when, after years of practice, I could play the Telemann Suite in A Minor, and it actually sounded like, well, the Telemann Suite in A Minor. When we love what we do, we want to do more of it, right? The practicing becomes the journey, the goals fall away, and we enjoy the ride.

Yoga is just the same. Getting “good” at yoga is a problematic idea that I’ll write about another day. For now, suffice to say that the practice is the whole point. If you can practice with a teacher every week and then take a bit from that practice home with you, it’s gold. If you have the space, leave a yoga mat unfurled in your home…if it’s staring you in the face, you’re more likely to step on it and do something. Five minutes on your own every day will do wonders for your physical and mental well-being. Trust me, I’ve learned by doing. The days that I practice I’m not just nicer (ask my family), but I have more mental clarity, focus and I’m better able to be present. My body feels lighter, and I move with ease.

The main thing is to show up to your mat every day. It almost doesn’t matter what you do. If you’re feeling a bit off, you could lay there on your mat and breathe. That’s yoga. You could step on your mat, do a few poses, and then go walk the dog or make breakfast or throw in a load of laundry. Maybe later in the day, you’d walk by your lonely yoga mat and step back on for a pose or two! Let go of the idea of “not doing it right” and just DO it.

“A big shot is a little shot that kept shooting.” — Anonymous

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