Take the Performance Out of Your Yoga Practice
In our recommendation column, referred to as Wolf Knowledge, Wolf Terry, a Bhakti Yoga instructor and author in Denver, Colorado, solutions your urgent questions on working towards asana, meditation, mantra, and extra. On this submit, she covers the tendency to show your yoga observe right into a efficiency.
As a former dancer, I benefit from the facet of yoga that lets me faucet into my flexibility, in addition to the fluidity of a superb stream. Nevertheless it’s troublesome to show off my dancer mind, which desires me to push myself to be greater and bolder and make my actions fairly quite than intentional. How can I incorporate the constructive components of my coaching (sturdy core, flexibility, and many others.) with out subconsciously turning my time on the mat right into a efficiency?
Sincerely :: No One Places Child in Savasana
I struggled with taking the efficiency facet out of my observe for years. I used to be additionally educated as a performer (actor/singer/dancer), and the necessity for perfection stemmed from the understanding that every one eyes had been on me. In yoga, they aren’t. Thank goodness.
The gorgeous factor about your background in dance is that you’ve cultivated a ton of self-discipline. This may be utilized to different limbs of yoga past asana. For example, you might be disciplined in thought by working towards aparigraha (nongrasping)—the final yama of the eight limbs of yoga. While you aren’t hooked up to creating the pose look fairly, it’s simpler to give attention to correct respiration. Equally, in the event you’re unattached to nailing a tougher pose, you’ll be capable of modify it to suit your physique’s rapid wants.
I’ve discovered that the much less I purpose for perfection and the extra I flip my consideration to how I really feel inside the form, the deeper I’m capable of drop into my increased Self and give up to the stream. In that area, the dance occurs with the inhalation and exhalation quite than the location of my toes or the flourish of my arms reaching towards the sky. That feeling of being utterly there for me, and never for different eyes which will or might not be watching, is what retains me coming again to my mat. And every time I return, there are new sorts of self-discipline to domesticate, layers upon layers of discovery. It turns into much less about perfection and extra about uncovering
the imperfections with out judgment.
Preserve Dancing :: Wolf