Derek Beres: The same advice I offer my students during a class. If you're first response upon seeing something is "no," then you become a No. That's the reality you create. If "no" is your mindset, then your life will follow that trajectory. I'm not saying that everyone should be a "yes" -- I'm not a self-help guide, or a fan of perpetual confirmation. One of the most important aspects of yoga philosophy is viveka, or discernment, which means weighing all the possibilities and then deciding how to
proceed. The poses of yoga are secondary to the mental and emotional strength that is built during a class. In forearm stand, for example, I'd much rather see a student jump one inch off the ground then sit around and watch other people practice, or play with their toes. Being challenged by a posture means you are growing; watching from the sidelines means you are, well,
watching, and living through someone else's experiences, which is completely antithetical to the yoga discipline. That's why there are no saviors, prophets, or religiosity at all in yoga: it's all about your
experience and how you process your reality. So if you're on the sideline, step into the game. You just might like it. And if not, nothing is lost, but at least you know.