#28 October 2014 -Yoga and Me

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Yoga and Me

One year ago, I decided to take a break from yoga. I didn’t love the practice any more despite developing a solid practice over many years. Of course I knew that yoga was good for me but my relationship with yoga had become one of ‘must’.  I needed to practice; I had to practice.

When I stopped teaching, I didn’t feel compelled to practice. I stopped attending workshops, and didn’t feel the pressure to keep it up. I rested as much as I needed and did only what I felt like. Some days, I felt resistance. Some days, I didn’t want to stop. But rather than telling myself ‘I must’, I asked myself whether I was truly tired or if I was making excuses. Am I as tired as I thought? Can I not do just one asana? Slowly, by challenging my underlying motivations I built up my practice again.

Working from the frame of mind of ‘must’ there was no room for query and for compassion. In letting go of ‘must’, there was room to gauge my feelings and energy levels. And that brought a more mindful and kinder relationship between my practice and myself.

Do I love the practice now? I am enjoying it and committed to it.

Poh Yen


A Final Thought

“If there ever comes a time that you forget where you came from, you’ve gone too far.”
― Comic Strip Mama

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