I set an intention before I began my yoga practice today to concentrate on my own mind and body during each pose. Often when I’m at a yoga class I pay way too much attention to the other yogi’s in the room. I let my own insecurities seep in instead of just working at my own pace and appreciating what my body is able to do. It’s easy to get distracted and feel somewhat inadequate when others around you are doing more advanced poses or when you foolishly compare your body to someone else’s. These are traps that ultimately hinder your performance and reduce the health benefits of joining a yoga class in the first place.
Rather than let my mind wander toward useless and detrimental thoughts I tried to focus on how my body actually felt in each pose. I tried to bring energy and balance to my mind and ignore what was happening on the matt next to me. This is not to say that I wasn’t aware of the people in the room, because I think that it’s a beautiful thing to join a community of others practicing yoga, I just made the conscious decision to blur out distractions and negativity.
By the end of class I truly felt rejuvenated, relaxed and inspired. Our minds are very powerful and we can choose to either let our thoughts be sources of unconstructiveness and despair or direct our thinking to aid us in enlightenment and happiness.