Yogis tend to get stereotyped. People see us as perfect human beings who don’t judge others, are vegan and love the environment. That’s a lot of pressure especially since we are all still very much human. I’ve been practicing yoga for the last 2 years and I still struggle within my practice. I thought it would be a neat idea to share with you each month a new segment I like to call “Yogi Confessions.”
Yogi Confession: I sometimes get highly distracted on my mat.
Shannon + I Am Ozzy + Yoga=distracted! I’m not perfect and I have a mind that tends to wonder. When I step out on my mat, I strive to stay focused on my own practice and my breath. Yet sometimes I found myself trailing off away from the focus. The other day I took a Vinyasa Flow class. I stood behind a girl who was pregnant and I could not for the live of me focus on my own practice. I kept watching her do each pose with grace and ease making it look so easy. She was putting me to shame but it was awesome! She was serious yoga goals!
At the end of class I felt so guilty. I spent more time focusing on her practice rather than turning inward and working on my own practice. Distractions are still something I struggle with during my practice. It’s easy to say “Today I will focus on myself and my own practice” but sometimes I can’t help myself. If I have a million things on mind not related to yoga, I’m distracted.
How do I strive to stay focused in class? One way is by setting my mat up in the front of the room. No one is in front of me and I can barely see the people next to me. Another way is focusing on my breath and catching myself mid distraction. Distractions are one of the few challenges us yogis face each time we practice. The true test is being able to get through any distractions and focus on the practice at hand.