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PRACTICE MAKES PRACTICE

One thing to keep in mind about yoga is that it is called a practice for a reason.  There is no such thing as perfection.  The minute you think you've perfected a posture and can think to yourself, "Yes!  I've finally done it!," you're limiting yourself.  There's always room to grow and learn.  Of course the more you practice a posture, the better it might get, but try to avoid thinking about what an asana is supposed to look like.  Think of how that asana will work best for your body and abilities.  The postures are supposed to be used as tools to assist in creating a healthier, connected body and mind...not used as end goals that must be met.

Additionally, yoga is not just a practice, it's a process.  As you grow with your yoga practice, you have to check in and ask yourself what are you doing to adjust and refine your own practice?  For example, if you're a very flexible person, are you only doing yoga because you can bend into all those fun pretzel poses, or are you also working on balancing your practice with more strengthening postures that might be more challenging for you?  Or if you like to really push yourself, recognise that you can't go 100% with every practice...work in more gentle, soft days as a counter balance to the stronger harder days.  Think about what can help you grow as a yogi.

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Great post. Yoga is something that can never truly be perfected and the more and more you work at it the better you feel.

January 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterA Step Above Dance Academy

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