Thursday, April 4, 2013
Why I do Yoga: part 1
I've been reading a business book, entitled, "Start with Why". It's been pretty powerful. I've asked myself, "why DO I work this hard to keep up a yoga studio?" So, the following is just the first story of why I love yoga. Some of these will end up in our marketing materials, but it's been very therapeutic, just to write about it.
I spent the majority of my life critical of myself and others. There were many reasons for this, but it was mostly a lack of self-worth. I was my harshest judge. Anything short of perfection was unacceptable....so I was always unacceptable.
When I went to teacher training for the first time, I was so uncomfortable. Look at these people: she needs to brush her hair, his clothes don't match, what's with all those tattoos....Not to mention judging myself: what will they think of me? What should I say? That was stupid of me. How do I look to them? I could not relax.
But one morning, in my hotel, getting ready to go, I looked at my messy, wild hair and for the first time, I thought "that's OK." I suddenly realized that my yoga friends weren't judging me. This was a major first in my life: unconditional acceptance. It blew my mind & opened the door for me to stop judging myself.
I have not mastered this skill. I'm still my own worst critic. But now that I've tasted the freedom of accepting myself, it's a part of my daily life. And I find I can be kinder to others as well.
This is just one of the ways that yoga has helped me find my peace. Let it help you find yours.