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How we handle resistance & challenge

I want to start normalize and work with the range of feelings that students, and myself, have in class.


The physical practice of yoga is such a good opportunity to watch and observe the inner life, and notice what sort of emotions and thoughts pop up as we move from pose to pose.


One common feeling in a yoga setting is frustration, and part of the practice is therefor to acknowledge that frustration when it emerges - and transform it into something more constructive and supportive. Also, training ourselves into not believing every single thought that pops up but keeping some distance to the somewhat absurdity of our own minds 🤪


But when that frustration starts to grow, remember that yoga isn’t an all or nothing thing - even if you can’t get into the full expression of a pose there’s lots to do. You don’t get to sit back and watch.


Any amount of a pose is still that pose. Any amount of engaging with that shape is part of the pose. You’re learning to regulate and breathe in the shape. Acknowledging where you are in the learning curve is part of the process.


Part of the process is to work with difficulties - how do you choose to handle resistance and obstacles?


Once you’re out of a specific pose, move on. Don’t hold on to what has happened. Leave those feelings behind, and re-motivate yourself to be engaged in the next pose, the present moment. Be steady and move forward.

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