There are plenty of places for gaining a little yoga education on the web, and recently the Yoga Dork site featured a few exercises from a Senior Iyengar yoga teacher in New York. Carrier Owerko encouraged an examination of our thought patterns and how they fluctuate, and asked readers to try and be free of the urge to ‘get it right’.
Trying to ‘get it right’ is a constant battle for nearly everyone. How many miles should I run this week? How much reading do I need to do? How much time should I spend on my yoga mat?
The point Carrie makes is to keep doing what you do. Yes, maybe look a little deeper in to what you do, and how you do it, but don’t worry about getting it ‘right’ all the time.
Quoting Indian literature, Carrie surmises with:
“One should not give up the work suited to one’s nature, though it may be defective, for all enterprises are clouded by defects as fire by smoke”
The Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18, verse 48
This is great advice, from an ancient text.
At times life can often feel like a balancing act, trying to fit in yoga practice and, or training runs along with everything else: cooking, cleaning, errands, sleeping. Don’t give up.
Do ask questions, but instead of letting them create destructive thought waves, take a note from a yoga teacher and follow Carrie’s suggestion:
“Let them be like traveling companions that accompany you on your journeys.”