Saturday, January 9, 2010

Yoga Poses and Small Adjustments

While practicing yoga this morning, the instructor said:

"Sink into your pose and as you breath, make tiny adjustments until you find your edge.

There is no competition in yoga, no need to compare yourself to others. Each of us has taken our own unique path to bring us to this point today and share this particular moment.

When we leave our practice, we'll embark on our own unique paths once again."

When I got home, I opened my email and saw this quote that reminded me of what the yoga instructor had said, but was more applicable to life:
"Let the refining and improvement of your own life keep you so busy that you don't have time to criticize (or measure the success) of others." H. Jackson Brown.
When I am fully present in my yoga practice -- and not distracted by too many thoughts or looking around at what others are doing -- I am so focused on what's happening in my own body and on my own mat, that I forget that other people are in the room.

In other words, as I focus on making my own tiny adjustments in my pose, I don't have attention to focus or criticize anyone else in the room.

Reading Jackson Brown's quote, I realized, it is the same in life, isn't it?

As I get deeper into my understanding of yoga, I'm amazed at how many of the lessons apply both on the mat and off.

If you practice yoga or another discipline, what similarities have you noticed between the two?

P.S. The picture above is NOT me...but thanks to you if you thought maybe it was. I don't even bend that way...yet! :)

I borrowed this photo from Check it out!


Lori Lavender Luz said...

I was born a perfectionist, which is a terrible curse. I never wanted to do anything unless I was already good at it. Which is kinda limiting.

Yoga has helped me release those tendencies, for exactly the reasons you cite. It is something in which I focus on the journey and not the destination.

I *did* think this was you ;-) and I was gonna ask for your help getting into this pose.

Tami said...

Did I leave my webcam on again?

I hate it when I do that.