You’re sitting in child’s pose on your yoga mat, stifling a yawn after hauling yourself out of bed early to squeeze in a workout. Next thing you know, you find your mind getting anxious about doing each pose “right.” Are your legs at the perfect angle? What does your spine look like? You glance over to your neighboring mat, and all of a sudden, you’re comparing your yoga pants to those on the perfect size 2 yogini next to you.
You jealously glance at the ease and grace of the person on the mat on the other side, wondering why you can’t quite get your body to twist that way. You think, “I shouldn’t have eaten that second slice of pizza last night!” and “Why isn’t this working?!”
Nobody wants to feel judgmental and self-critical during yoga, but it's easy to fall into that trap. Here are my five favorite mindset shifts to help you get back to adoring yourself and your practice.