I am certainly not the first Yoga teacher to write something like this and I know I won’t be the last, but at the start of a new year and with lots of new faces in the studio, I thought it would be a good opportunity to add my own perspective to the subject.
We are all capable of much more than we realize: We see the look on your face when we make our way to crow, headstand or some other challenging posture. We have all had the same look on our face at some point in our own practice. That voice that tells you ,” l can’t do that! ” Don’t listen! It will take time, but with effort, willingness and an open mind, you can surpass your own expectations.
When you come to class, you are supporting a community: You probably don’t realize it, but by being in class you inspire others, including your teacher. We enjoy seeing you in class. A yoga class is a group experience. We are blessed when you take energy from the class, but also share your own energy with the room. Community is such an important part of a practice. We love seeing you connect and make friendship with other students. This is how communities are born, grow and even thrive.
Know that none of us remembers all this yoga stuff, all the the time: All of us struggle with self doubt. We all have days when it is hard to focus. We all have to remember to keep breathing. We all struggle with postures. You are not alone, so dont get caught up in the feelings. You are no less of a yogi for having these feelings. We are all students of the practice and we appreciate that you share your practice with us.
Sometimes less is more: We can see you getting stronger, your hard work and dedication is awesome! Keep in mind that you don’t always need to practice at ” full power” often when we pull back a bit in our practice, we can often move a little deeper, seriously…try it. Effort and ease are of equal importance in a practice.
Consistency is the key: Practice and all is coming. Pattabhi Jois was right. You will get more out of your practice if you do it at least 3 times a week.
We don’t get to practice Asana as much as we would like: Sad but true. So much of our energy goes into your practice. Many of us have other full time jobs, spouses and kids, just like you. We would all love to practice more and often we make sacrifices in other aspects of our lives to do so.
When you can take the things you learn on your mat, off your mat and into the other parts of your life, the messy, complicated, emotional, human part of your life, you are really practicing yoga.
Can’t wait to see you all on your mats!