We think of yoga as something that should feel good. That's why we're all here, right? Unfortunately, for a whole lot of people, the reality just doesn't feel that good. So many beginners wind up thinking, Well, if I just manage to endure all this, maybe I'll break on through to the other side! And experts often do break on through, right into torn muscles and chronic pain. We came to yoga to practice peace, but instead many of us wind up going to war with ourselves!
Luckily, it doesn't have to be that way. Yoga can be exactly what we wanted it to be in the first place. Here's how:
1. Make yourself comfortable.
There's no benefit to holding yourself in some crazy uncomfortable pose, hoping it might become nice someday. Think of the life parallels here! Practice in your yoga what you want in your life. You have all the freedom you're willing to give yourself. Use it here. Find ways to be comfortable in everything you do, even when those things are new and unfamiliar.
2. Move easy, everything you've got, in every direction you can.
You don't need to hold stiff and tense in poses, while stress enters your body and mind. Instead, move easy, and let the stress go. There's a whole lot more to you than just a few poses. While you're here, might as well get to know all of you.
Have you ever put yourself where you're tense and immobilized in your yoga, and then get frustrated that it's so hard to move? Have you ever done this anywhere else in your life? You can also make a different choice.
Put joy into your yoga, how you move, how you live. Don't think it. Love it. Love what you're doing. It's why you're here. It's why we're all here.
Put yourself where you can move easy, and move easy right there. Relax. Explore. It will transform your yoga into something more comfortable and effective. It will make you a much better athlete. You'll feel great! And it just might change your life.
What does all this look like?
In this simple 3-minute video, we'll remake five of the most basic poses to get you moving moving easy and feeling great.
Have fun, and let me know how it goes!
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