Your rhythm is all that matters.
We like shiny things. Entire industries are built on the premise that more shiny equals more sales. Jewelry and cars come to mind, but so do other, less obvious examples like social media, the news, and fitness.
Shiny doesn’t necessarily refer to “something that glitters in the light”, but also anything that appears a certain way to grab our attention. The same principle applies here — the shinier (i.e. more attention-grabbing) the better.
Because we can’t ignore shiny things, we’re surrounded by them and they’re now the norm. Something that doesn’t have some aspect of “shiny” might as well not exist. That’s why things like books and effort don’t quite stack up with phones and tortilla chips.
The shiny things in yoga are the most attractive to newer students. It’s all about what yoga looks like and not at all about what it feels like. After all, we have to be shiny too.
So, I want to share a trick with you. I’ll warn you, it won’t make you look shiny in yoga class. Actually, it will probably make you look pretty dull…and that’s a good thing.
The trick is simple: go at your own pace AND get good at it.
I’ve officially offered the least shiny piece of advice ever given in written form.
Not only is this advice not very exciting, but it also doesn’t even sound like a “trick”.
In my opinion, something is exciting if it has potential to change my worldview, and a trick is something that anyone can do but most people don’t know how to do it.
Also, in my opinion, the trick I offered is both exciting (slowing down will change your life) AND actually a trick (many people don’t know how to slow down).
If you can learn to go at your own pace and still follow along with a yoga class, you’re learning how to practice your own individual style of yoga in a group of people. With this ability, you can completely zone in — never rushed and also never in need to thinking about what’s coming next.
By not rushing, you reduce your risk of injury nearly to 0, and by getting good at not rushing you can start to enjoy the finer and more powerful elements of yoga.
This video may not get many views, but for those who watch it I hope you find excitement in slowing your yoga practice (and life) down to what you need it to be.
It’s a simple trick, but it’s not easy.
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