Have you ever been to a yoga class and you were so distracted by the person next to you and just the people in general in the class? In your head you are thinking, “There is no way my body is going to be able to do that.” You start counting yourself out and start saying, “I’m not going to make it in this class.” Now I know I am not the only one that has felt that way. I remember the first time that I ever attended a yoga class, I literally thought I was going to die…lol because it was a hot yoga class. I was like, am I just being delusional in here or am I running a fever…lol. I remember a teacher saying this to the class and it truly resonated with me…”Stop focusing on your imperfections and start embracing them.” I realize that in my life I tried so hard to control all of my imperfections or I was ashamed of all of my imperfections. When I finally put the, “What I look like” to the the side then I truly began to realize the true benefits of what yoga was doing for me.
Mental Practice outweighed the Physical Practice
So certain levels of yoga…specifically Vinyasa flow is designed to be a physical practice. It gets you sweating and feeling the burn. However, what I realized after months and months of practicing that Yoga became my medicine. It became what I can now say a “Life Changer.” Yoga took me out of a deep dark whole, depression, anxiety, feeling of no self worth, no self-confidence and no self-esteem. When I truly allowed myself to practice yoga it helped me reach deep down inside and truly became a mental practice.
So before you count Yoga out or before you look at what you think a yogi should look like. Realize it is not just about the physical practice but it is the mental practice, the spirituality that you gain from practicing. Your ability to handle situations differently, the ability to cope with stress, the ability to tap into your inner self.