I enjoy practicing challenging asanas (yoga poses) and love seeing progress. However, the true overall goal for performing asanas is to connect our mind/body/spirit so that our bodies will be ready for stillness and meditation.
2) Each asana can be a challenging pose
I used to believe the general yoga labels (beginner, intermediate and advanced poses) that some have used to describe asanas. The truth is, each pose can be a challenging pose. One can hold the pose longer (in a yin pose) and deeper. One can slightly modify the pose (e.g. balance with one leg instead of two, lift your heels and balance on your forefeet).
3) How you live your life off the mat affects your practice on the mat and vice versa
Yoga is not meant to be an escape. It is a practice that enables us to face life's challenges with calmness and kindness.
4) Each day is different
Accepting that each day on the mat is different is a powerful self acceptance and self love that is often overlooked. Once we accept that each day is different, then, we are able to appreciate what we can do today and look forward to what tomorrow can bring.
5) You are your own worst critic
No one really cares if you are able to do a headstand or peacock pose. No one really cares if you fall out of your pose. Once you accept that you are your own worst critic, you can try new poses and not worry about it.
6) The physical environment affects us more than we think
It is important to surround ourselves with a strong supportive network of family and friends. It is even more important to stay in a physically healthy and natural environment. Pollution (air, noise, visual, etc.) adversely affects us.
7) It is not a cure-all
Yes, I love practicing yoga, but it is not the only passion I have in life. Yoga enables us to seek many passions in life and take action towards these goals.
8) Karma, acts of kindness, demonstrates a yogi at heart more than anyone who can perform a pose
Individuals may label themselves as "yogis," just because they practice physical asanas. Karma (acts of kindness) and love are true qualities of a yogi.
9) We are seeking progress not perfection
Once we realize that we are able to seek incremental progress in our lives without attaining perfection, we are able to loosen up, have fun and enjoy life.
10) Wonderful foods, scents, visual relaxing cues, encouraging touch and positive thoughts are uplifting
and helps us achieve balance in our bodies and lives.
11) Choose where you spend your positive energy
We have a limited supply of energy. We need to choose where we spend it wisely.
12) The amount of positive love and kindness in the universe is limitless. Share both generously and more will be returned.