Asana Practice

Now it was time to get down to the nitty gritty in my yoga training.  After learning about some of the history of yoga and how it encompasses so much more than just the physical poses (asanas), it was time to get on the mat and break down the poses so we could learn to teach them at our weekly Asana Clinic.

My first impression when practicing some of the poses I have been doing for years was that when someone was guiding me through the posture, I could feel when something was off.  It had been a long day and I was drained in every way, physically, mentally and emotionally.  I could see my perfectionism creep in and how I was judging myself for having been doing a lot of these poses wrong for all these years and worse yet teaching my young students some of the poses I had been doing incorrectly.

Then I realized that this was why I was here, to practice.  In that moment it became clear to me why it is called a yoga practice.  Yoga is meant to teach you what you may not be aware of, about your body, your mind and the way you live your life.  Just like an athlete has a coach, every student needs a teacher to guide them, help them reach their potential.  There is so much more freedom in this new perspective.  Now it’s time to take it off the mat and into my life…

I leave you with this quote from Kurt Vonnegut:

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly is a way to make your soul grow.  So do it.”