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20th October 2018


Sometimes people get the preconceived notion that you are strong or that you are flexible, or that you can get into certain postures after seeing that you done it before. Your teacher might have certain expectations of you. Your fellow practitioners likewise.

Unknowingly, you feel pressured to get into the deepest expression of the pose each time. You tend to want to live up to people’s expectations of you.
However, there are times when you just want to take the simplest variation of poses. You just feel tired and want to go into child’s pose instead of completing the vinyasa. But you pushed through, so as to not disappoint them.

On the flipside, there are days when you want to go deeper. But we are afraid of being judged for wanting to show off. We do not want to be seen to be deviating that much from the rest.

We do not even realize it ourselves. Does it really make you any less of a practitioner if we were to take the simpler options? Why are we even trying to live up to others’ expectations when we should be listening to what our own body tells us?

Let go of your expectations. Let go of your ego. Let go of your attachment to outcomes.

Melissa @issa_lem