How an Attitude Shift Keeps Me on My Mat
In my twenties, I used to think of my yoga practice as a chore. Sure, I appreciated the numerous benefits for mind/body/soul, but deep down yoga still felt like an obligatory task I had to check off my list. And when times got tough, forget about it. Yoga was one of the first things to come off of that list.
Flash forward to today: I had a difficult week with some emotional challenges and now I am fighting off sickness. But instead of dreading my yoga practice, I long for it, like a trusted friend.
So this morning I had a gentle, mindful practice, and I left the shala feeling much better than when I arrived. In the past, I would have either skipped practice or pushed myself inappropriately. But now something has shifted. Yoga didn't change; my attitude did.
Like so many other things in life, yoga is neutral until we assign meaning to it. You can choose to look at it as a chore, or as a friend. You can approach the practice with intense effort until you wear yourself out (or injure yourself), or you can treat it as an opportunity to move and breathe and work in harmony with the physical body despite your limitations.
Once you make a shift in your attitude, it's much easier to show up on the mat day after day, no matter what troubles you may face. Yoga can be a friend to you in times of need of you let it. ❤