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“What on earth are you doing?” My yoga exercise instructor asked me in course last week as he caught me trying to peer round and look at my own shoulders
in downward pet dog. “Nothing” I stated as I attempted to wriggle out of it. He purchased me down to my knees and asked me kindly to explain myself. The reality is I was paranoid that I was doing it wrong. During a weekend workshop in Paris with Chuck Miller, we’d actually explored the shoulders in downward canine. We’d actually looked at them in micro information and worked to correcting the arms so that you spread the tons of the weight. We were finding out to lift the forearms up and far from the floor, raising the inner arm up and firming out, and get the external arm relocating down and firming in. It was pretty intricate work, but I attempted my darn hardest to realize the idea and then to use it to my practice.

yoga artDuring a workout with a partner, it was pointed out to me that I had
large dimples in my shoulders. I instantaneously took this that I was doing
it wrong. I then set about attempting to fix it, in every downward
dog.

When I learn lots of brand-new details about ashtanga yoga, I take it
away, absorb it then attempt to use it to my own practice. The
trouble is that I’ll try to over do it. I’ve a perfectionist
streak which is amplified by an inner concern of ‘doing it wrong’. This
brings about me psychologically attempting too hard. Putting too much focus on
doing it right. Attempting to hard to be perfect.
This is exactly what my instructor actually caught me doing.

yoga classIn yoga we attempt to burn away our samskara’s, our bad practices or
behavioural patterns, which no longer serve us. However in order to burn
them away, initially we must see them clearly. We can’t change something
that we can’t even see. Yoga can be seen as a mirror, where we
start to see our own reflection. It allows us to see how we do
things. Why we do them a certain method. Just then can we try to change
them for the better.

So among my samskara’s is looking for excellence. Born out of a worry of
doing it wrong, desperate for others not to look down on me. I not
just do this in my every day life, but I bring it to the mat with me.
Frequently the habits that we display on the mat is precisely the same as
the habits we display elsewhere (we just may not be aware of it
yet).
“Same individual, same body, exact same behavior” As Chuck Miller puts it.

Wendy 7 LAfter course my instructor had a little word in my ear. He very gently
mentioned to me what it was that I was doing. “Seeking excellence in your practice is just truly re imposing your samskara’s. It’s keeping those patterns that you put on your life. Yoga is supposed to be diminishing that really procedure, however you’ve to recognize that and you need to let it go. It does not matter if your right– in reality there’s no right or wrong. Its good to try to apply exactly what you’ve actually found out, however the only thing you’ll acquire by trying to look over your shoulder in downward pet is a jagged neck and a dodgy shoulder. Not what you’re attempting to accomplish!”
He was so right.

Occasionally we require another person to mention these things to us!
In the post that week I got a printed out article from my
instructor. It was explaining how when you open the shoulders and create
area, these dimples appear. So in truth the very thing that I thought
suggested doing it wrong, was actually an impact of doing it
right.
“The guy in Paris was certainly paying you a compliment” The note read.
Unnecessary stressing on my component.

So active bothering with perfection that I missed the point.
So the moral of this story is that you’ve to discover to look at what
habits you’ve towards yourself. Do you beat yourself up for
being wrong? Do you compare yourself to others? Are you much better than
them or worse than them?

yoga prayThis habits will show to you your own samskara’s and will then
hopefully provide you something to work on.

Whatever it’s that you notice in your practice you need to increase
the opposite of it.
Do you should be kinder to yourself? Do you need to relax even more? Do
you should find out humility? Do you require more self confidence? Do you
need to be less uptight? Do you’ve to not fear being wrong and be
happy where you are?

Yoga is balance. It works at creating balance not just in your body
but likewise in your mind to get you back to being who you truly are.
So for me right now– ideal does not make practice!

Happy practicing.

Laura Grace

Ashtanga Yoga Devon – UK Supplier for Yoga exercise Paws

www.ashtangayogadevon.co.uk