I started doing yoga at home quite a while ago. I have to admit I am a yoga lover, I have been doing yoga since I was a kid and I love it. I love the way my body feels, I love the way my mind focuses and I just love how relaxed I get when I am at the end of a class.
More recently, I started doing videos from the Yoga with Adriene YouTube Channel. Last week I finished my last video from her channel, I had done them all. As I look back I want to reflect on what I learned.
Be present with where you are.
This applies to life and yoga, do not evaluate yourself based on yesterday. Do not judge and add more toxic thoughts to your life. Accept where you are. I used to think it was about getting the pose. I was so proud when I was able to do crow pose. I even had my husband take a picture (as you can see above), but the truth is I have since lost that ability. I will grow and may get it back, but whether or not I can do it does not ultimately matter. When I stay grounded and present in the experience I am happier with the results.
Consider your soul.
I have found through checking in with my yoga practice I am more aware of what I am feeling and able to be more present. I judge less and experience more. I notice when I feel something is lost and I search. Checking in with yourself is important, I find it as a way to see who I am and who I am becoming. I slow down and consider my steps. I make choices that are good for my spirit.
Yoga is not a competition.
This idea connects with the first one. Keep your eyes to your own yoga mat. Sometimes it is easy to compare to blame to judge yourself based on others. Recently I noticed that tendency within myself. I was judging someone else not based on anything in reality but based on my perception. This led me to be upset with a person who had done nothing to me. I realized I had to look within myself and treat this person with love. I did not know them well enough and this was a sign to slow down and take the time to get to know the people around me. Abraham Lincoln once said “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.” I find for me approaching life this way improves my outlook and I am slowly teaching my brain to see kindness rather than anger.
Gratitude is everything.
Our lives are much better than we realize. Shifting our perspective to appreciate what we have, our working bodies, friends, family, community, shelter, even timely buses are things we take for granted and by seeing them for the privileges they are we are able to be more content with the life we have, without anything actually changing.
I hope some of these helped you. I would highly recommend Yoga with Adriene, I have recently started another Yoga YouTube Channel and I will check back in and share how it goes. If you have any yoga suggestions, comment below.