“Living Your Yoga” practice: Perfection is an illusion.
The definition of Asana, or yoga pose, in Yoga Sutras:” The posture should be steady and comfortable”. What Patanjali possibly mean by “comfortable”?
What about sweat? And the exercise mantra of “Of mo pain, no gain”?
Often we think that we must practice boot-camp yoga – poses must be difficult to be beneficial and worthwhile.We practice to overcome ourselves and conquer the pose.
In reality our thoughts about the poses reflect our thoughts about ourselves. Our inner dialog most of time self-judgmental.
But honestly admitting that you may have not done your best is not the judgment. It is judgement when you draw a conclusion about yourself based on your ideas about the failure.
To state clearly and simply that you do not accomplish your plan is taking responsibility.
What Patanjali teaches about being comfortable has relevance to the practice of yoga poses, which are not different from the practice of life itself.
Pick a yoga pose that is difficult, if not impossible, for you to do. Practice, or rather attempt to practice, this pose every day for one month. Pay close attention to your internal dialog as you practice the pose.What do you say to yourself when you succeed? When you fail?When you somewhere in between? Can you do this pose just to do the pose? Can your dialog become agreeable? Is the pose quiet and steady?
When you come out of the pose, say, “I have tried something difficult, and I appreciate myself for trying.”
When you feel comfortable in the pose, pick another one.
Then try something that is difficult in another area of your life.
REMEMBER, THE DIFFICULTY MIGHT NEVER CHANGE, BUT YOUR ATTITUDE AND INNER DIALOG CAN.
(from the book “Living Your Yoga” of Judith Lasaster)