Practicing Yoga helps to make an individual perfect

Imagine if we started our yoga practice with the idea that we don't need fixing; that we are whole and perfect just as we are. All the energy spent "trying to be better" would disappear and we would be free to explore and enjoy ourselves without trying to change things. Too often the sense that we are not enough and we are not OK often underlies our desire to do Yoga. We think, "Yoga will somehow make me a better person."

If instead we stopped all that, our yoga practice would look very different.  Once we feel like we aren't broken and don't need fixing we can bring back the enjoyment and the curiosity that lends itself to self-exploration. We can be curious about ourselves in our practice and observe what is arising for us in the moment. We stop trying to do a pose the "right way" and we find "our" way.

We Are Enough Trying to make a pose perfect implies that we have to try harder and be more. The trying harder actually creates more stress and it may have more of a negative effect on our health by taking us out of the moment to try to be in some ideal we have of the pose.

Trying to make a pose look like someone else's pose, or like a picture of a pose we have seen somewhere, can lead to a violation of our own experience. A pose in fact will look very different to an outsider viewing several people doing the same pose. One person may be practicing the cobra pose sitting in a chair while another is practicing it on the floor. One may have their legs apart, another their legs together, and one person may be lifting their head a couple of inches. All the same pose, but different expressions.

We all have to answer to our own bodies in a yoga practice. We are not practicing yoga if we don't adapt to our own conditions and circumstances. For example, when our yoga teacher tells us to "sit up straight," we often adjust ourselves according to what we think they want us to do. We may push up through the top of the head and flatten the curves in the spine and thrust our chest forward while holding our breath.

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