27 April 2006

Try Your Best

Really. In every class there are those who do the poses in a very beautiful and apparently effortless way. But there is such strength in those poses. Years of strength in all the fibers of all those muscles - strength in their nerves to that have come to heightened development to control all those muscles. So when a little beginner like me or Charlotte shows up, its hard not to be intimidated. But I always remember that a teacher once told me that the pose you do today is utterly perfect for today, and it will be tomorrow as well - even though it will be different because some of those muscles and some of those nerve endings will have gotten just a little stronger. So yoga practice can be seen as "try your best" not "be the best." We are all practicing, we are all striving, but we should not be competing.

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