It has been a while since I posted something here! I’ve moved into a new apartment in NYC and have been getting settled, so life has been a little busy. With saving up for an apartment and getting ready for work, I hadn’t gone to an actual yoga class in over three months and I was really missing it. Now that I’m in New York, there are studios on almost every corner, so I’ve been taking advantage of this and I’ve been practicing at as many as I can.
In my opinion, meeting new teachers and learning something new from each of them is one of the best parts of yoga. Since I’ve been practicing in a class setting again, I’ve been missing my Yoga Mindset family more than ever and I’ve been thinking back to the lessons and advice that each teacher gave me. I could write a novel, but I’ve decided to make a shorter list here:
“Find a balance between ease and effort.”
I come back to this a lot. If you push yourself too hard through anything in life, the outcome will be poor. Finding a balance between ease and effort on my mat has helped me find balance off my mat.
“If you are breathing you, are doing yoga.”
A lot of times there is a misconception about what makes yoga “yoga.” Doing the fanciest poses can be fun, but it isn’t the end goal. If you come to your mat, breathe, and be present, you are doing yoga.
“There are no winners in yoga.”
Every yoga class I’ve been to is full of students with different capabilities. Some days you are struggling to touch your toes, while the person next to you has their leg behind their head. That is okay. Everyone’s practice looks different.
“Your body is your best teacher”
I’ve learned that it can be tempting to push yourself into a new and challenging pose, even though your body isn’t ready for it. Remember, practice and all is coming. And when you’re feeling exhausted, sometimes the most “yoga” thing to do, is take a day off.
“10 Minutes is enough”
Since I graduated, I was saving money by practicing at home and I realized that self-motivation was key. I heard this advice from an Instagram Yogi that I truly admire (@somewhat_rad). She has an incredible practice and balances it with a big career. She mentioned in one of her posts that 10 minutes is enough, and she couldn’t have been more right. When you tell yourself that you must practice for an hour, it can be discouraging. Any amount of time spent on your mat is valuable.
It is amazing what smiling during navasana can do for you.