3 More Must Have Yoga Products and They’re Free
This week we will finish with the final three “must have” products for practicing yoga. These three center around your state of mind and, again, you already have exactly what you need.
Must Have Products (Continued from last week’s post)
A beginner’s mind means having an attitude of openness, exploration and curiosity. There are no preconceived ideas or expectations on how things should be or how we should perform.
Little children approach learning new things with a beginner’s mind. They are totally fearless and open to the moment, not bothered by not knowing how to do something. As adults, having a beginner’s state of mind may be more challenging, even when learning something for the first time.
Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for a while, maintaining a beginner’s mind is important because it requires being present and in the moment.
With yoga you bring your attention inward and observe. You ask yourself questions such as: Where am I feeling this pose? Where is my mind? Am I focused or distracted? How does this pose affect my breath? Do I like this pose? Why? Why not?
Being observant and open to whatever comes up keeps the postures from becoming stale, boring or routine. You will continue learning even from those postures you’ve done hundreds of times before. Seeing with fresh eyes is seeing with a beginner’s mind.
Number 4: Attitude of Non-Judgment:
Closely related to keeping a beginner’s mind is not judging yourself while practicing. It’s so easy to judge. You think to yourself … I’m not doing this posture as well today as I did the other day. What’s wrong with me? Or, you’re in a class comparing your “performance” with that of a classmate.
Give yourself permission to be where you are in the moment and observe. A much more forgiving question to ask yourself is how is this posture different for me today than it was the other day and why could that be?
As for comparing yourself with others … stop! Bring your attention inward. Shut the world out and enjoy. Yoga is one of those lovely activities where you can check your competitive spirit at the door.
Number 5: Attitude of Trust:
Yoga is a process and practiced regularly it will change you – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. But, yoga has its own timetable and results cannot be rushed.
As an athlete, I know what it’s like to push to the breaking point and beyond to improve performance. Yoga doesn’t work that way. In fact, every time I’ve tried to push it, I’ve paid the price and set myself back.
With yoga you just have to trust that the changes will happen in good time. You may not even realize changes are happening until a friend makes an observation. Practice regularly and trust the process.
A beginner’s mind, an attitude of non-judgment and an attitude of trust are free to each of us. But, there is a catch because it’s not easy. It is much easier – and often more fun – to buy a yoga mat and a cute outfit.
Yoga is a journey and cultivating these attitudes is a lifelong journey.
Enjoy and Breathe Easy
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