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Yoga Beyond Asana

I have done yoga a grand total of twice since my last post (That’s day 4 and 5, people). Not even close to my “daily practice” I was talking about last Wednesday. Life happens. Some people have the time in their day (or the discipline to make the time in their day) to squeeze yoga in between all their other obligations. Perhaps yoga is not high enough on my priority list (trust me, it is) and other people are more passionate about their practice than I am, but I don’t think that’s it. I think that I am a full-time college student and a part-time worker, and the part-time typically manifests itself as three full days of work on my three days off of school, not to mention I have to take care of (feed, clean up after, etc.) my wonderful dog (and my wonderful boyfriend).

I know I say I’m busy a lot. I think part of me wants to justify my lack of asana practice to myself because I follow so many wonderful people who find the time to practice every day, and I have a hard time not letting their “successful” practice affect my perception of mine. But I KNOW that’s not how it should be. My practice is mine. Practicing asana only four times in a week doesn’t make me a better or worse yogi than anyone else. Asana is only one small piece of what yoga is. I talk about my asana practice online, I post pictures of my advancement through asanas online, but that is only one segment of my yoga journey. The rest is personal, things I don’t think or want to consistently publish online. I just wish I could separate success in asana from success in yoga, because that’s not what it’s about. Maybe I’ll never gain a huge following because I can’t put my foot behind my head or do a handstand. My yoga is still just as valid as anyone’s.

Like I said, I think part of me is justifying my lack of asana practice recently. I am excited for the day I accept that I do asana when I can (and trust me, I love my practice. I rarely ‘skip’ practice simply because I ‘don’t feel like it’) and realize that yoga extends far beyond how many downward dogs I fit in a week.

Namaste.