In yoga as in life: don’t lie, cheat or steal

26 Mar

As a journalist, I’ve always subscribed to the principle that you don’t lie, cheat or steal to get the story.

The same is true in yoga.

If you lie to yourself, you’re bound to believe  your lies. “Oh, I’m not flexible enough to do yoga.” “My hips are too tight to do Half Pigeon….my hamstrings too stubborn to do a full – and soothing – ragdoll (uttanasana).”

Tell yourself those lies and you’ll live up to them. You’ll cheat yourself out of the experience of challenging yourself to a task you might not want to do — or one whose sensation you might not particularly savor.

But set your aside your ego and become present with your breath and the moment, and surrender. Surrender to the space and your bliss, and you might find yourself going to a place you’ve never been. A place deep within you where you come face to face with the truth; the truth that the only thing holding you back is you.

Next time you’re on your mat and you find yourself hitting the breaks when it comes time to do what is for you a challenging asana, listen to the script in your head- the one you’ve been telling yourself for so long. Honor it, then set it aside. Poof, it vanishes! Now face the task before you, and acknowledge it with honesty, intelligence and compassion. Proceed from that place.

You’ll probably find you no longer steal precious moments from yourself.

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One Response to “In yoga as in life: don’t lie, cheat or steal”

  1. UL March 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    I second that, how very true…

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