As challenging as near-impossible yoga postures may seem, the key to success is perseverance. Listen to your body and safely explore your limitations, don't get overwhelmed, figure out where the challenges lie, don't take yourself too seriously and don't let resistance overpower you. Accept yoga as a lifestyle that needs to be learnt gradually with patience.
Yoga can sometimes be challenging. We all face challenges in our yoga practice. Challenges on the yoga mat aren’t usually as hard as the everyday challenges we face in life. What do you do when you tell yourself you can’t do something? How does it make you feel and what do you do about it?
So what if you can’t touch your toes, grab your big toe or bind your hands together in an asana? Or maybe the challenge is getting on your mat consistently?
It doesn’t matter if you can do fancy yoga poses. What matters is how you learn to embrace the impossible. Can you work at something again and again that you tell yourself you can’t do? If you can manifest this attitude on your yoga mat, you can bring this new skill into your life. And of course, you can imagine how much more you can achieve!
You will find that the willingness to step into the space of what you deem impossible, gradually, carefully yet consistently, gives life more color and possibilities. Yoga has taught me patience and perseverance and sometimes I feel unstoppable.
So, how you can to face the difficulties on your yoga mat?
Here are some tips:
- Listen to your body, this isn’t about doing more than you can, it’s about safely exploring your current limitations, safely and consistently.
- Practice often and appreciate that there are poses you can’t do yet.
- Avoid getting overwhelmed; choose a maximum of 3 yoga poses to work on in any practice.
- If you are going to repeat a yoga pose, do it a maximum of 3 times. If you have done it 3 times, move on.
- Figure out what is making the pose challenging for you. When in doubt, ask your teacher for guidance. Maybe some other poses can help.
- Keep a sense of humor and perspective. Don’t take your yoga practice too seriously. Remember it’s just practice and just like in life we need a sense of humor. The journey and the humility you learn are much more important.
- Be kind and gentle to yourself in those times when you fail, just showing up is enough.
- You may feel resistance, acknowledge it but don’t let it control you.