Breath, relax, be patient
Before I started this course, I find myself getting down while I can’t complete a pose. Sometimes, when I get frustrated, I angry at myself. I judge my body harshly, wondering why I can’t be like this person or do that pose. Frustration can destroy your practice. It can cause you to give up. Or, frustration can be a driving force that keeps bringing you back to your mat again and again and again, every day until you are where you want to be.
How to “listen to your body” while your mind isn’t calm?
By using Ujjayi breathing technique I find the strength to keep going, even when everything seems impossible. Breathing techniques helps me to feel connected to my body. It brings my awareness away from the worries in my head and quiets my mind.
One of the greatest benefits of yoga is that I learn to become more patient with myself and my body. The journey of yoga is never-ending and there will always be more to learn so your goal should not be to “complete” every pose. I’m listening to my body and being happy with where I am in this moment, which leads me to my next point.
“It will happen when you least expect it” (one of the most annoying things as a woman to hear) but in some respects, I do find that true. Through yoga, I am learning to trust the universe, to trust that it has a bigger plan for me than I have for myself. Instead of stressing, fearing and worrying, I should relax, stay open and take things as they come. Certainly easier said than done, but it’s something to constantly work toward.
Lee Yan Hui ( ig: leeh.yoga )