So I was sitting there getting all nice and comfy in child’s pose (I read that the whole forehead on the floor thing is very calming) and the teacher said that today we were gonna be doing lots of binds and twists. My immediate thought was oh great, I’m ok at that.
Wait a sec. I am always talking about how yoga is not about how “good” we are at it/how fancy we look doing it. So why should it matter if I’m okay or not so okay at certain poses?
I think that basically that lovely little thought (which in cognitive behaviour therapy- which I’m studying, we would call a negative automatic thought, even if it was more automatic than negative) came from shyness in a new environment, making me feel like I should be proving myself to be worthy to be there. When I dissected that a little later I was like woah girl. We are all worthy of being wherever we choose to be, especially in a yoga class( not breaking and entering other peoples homes etc, I’m not gonna get into that 😉 ).
I’m glad I realised I realised I was thinking that thought. I love going to yoga and knowing I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. The practice is for myself, no matter how I look doing it, and it also majorly benefits everyone in my life cos I bounce off the walls a lot less when I have done it 🙂
I never want to worry about if I look normal or not doing a pose, I generally don’t look normal in my daily life anyway what with being ridiculously clumsy and having the attention span of a flea etc etc. Let’s all just do yoga and thank ourselves for doing it because it’s amazing and we are amazing for doing it.
What goes through your head in a yoga class? Do you feel pressure to look fancy doing poses? – I get more and more comfortable with this the longer I do yoga but it’s interesting when I catch myself thinking stuff like I should look legit doing this pose 🙂