We live in an insanely competitive culture. We scramble to keep up with our neighbors and strive to accomplish more and do better. We compare ourselves against what we perceive others to have. The critic in our minds lets us know exactly when we’ve fallen short. Listening to that critic, causes us to put more and more unhealthy pressure on ourselves. We race against the people in our lives towards an imaginary finish-line thinking that when we cross it, the grass will finally be greener.
Is that ever true, though? Is the race ever over? Is there a point in stressing ourselves out if there really is no finish-line?
Yoga is a non-competitive practice where we turn to the breath and the physical postures to help us cultivate skills of self-awareness and discovery. We use these tools to turn inward and look at our inner landscape. Your grass is a lot greener than you think it is. As you continue to practice yoga, the impulse to measure-up to others naturally begins to fall away. Then, a stronger and kinder sense of self and your role in this world begins to emerge.