Yoga Meets You Where You Are

“Yoga meets you where you are…” has been my philosophy since I started teaching yoga almost ten years ago.  Although, there is a competitive aspect, in some types of yoga classes, a true yoga practice is not competitive, not even if it’s a competition with yourself.

A true yoga practice is about acceptance. The practice of acceptance is understanding our limitations without any judgement, and without expectations or requirements. In this way, we honor our body and the incredible multicellular organism that it is.  If you fail to understand your body’s magnificence, then you must watch Human: The World Within (available on Netflix too).

When we come to our mats with an attitude of acceptance, we start to cultivate reverence for our self. As we cultivate reverence for our self, we start developing reverence for life itself.  Is life not worthy of reverence? If it was not, we would not lament when someone dies. We lament because in our soul we know life is sacred. The soul always knows.

One of the reasons people feel the difference in my class is because I try to teach all my classes with acceptance and reverence. I teach with an understanding that everyone attending is in their own unique place physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. And I regard the work each person is doing with reverence, whether they are aware of it or not.

It is challenging to tailor a group class for all the different situations that present themselves.  It is one of the reasons I am pursuing another 200-hour yoga therapy certification.  I believe, wholeheartedly, that yoga meets you where you are. My goal is to make yoga accessible for as many people as I can.

The next time you come to your mat, bring acceptance and reverence for the work you are doing. You will learn how to accept your self wholeheartedly, with a deeper reverence for life- that is how yoga starts to “meet you where you are”.

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