Coltrane once said that his band would to play the same songs in the second set as they played in the first, just to find something interesting in the music that they didn’t find earlier in the evening.
Yoga works in the same way. When you practice on a regular basis, the goal isn’t to achieve perfect posture and absolute stillness and full expression in every single asana.
The goal is to sweat your way into something interesting. The goal is uncover a new understanding about your body, your breath and your brain.
That’s why our teachers call it yoga practice, not yoga perfect. When you fall out of posture, that’s a good thing. Your muscles are learning something. Besides, this isn’t a competition. This isn’t about winning and losing. Yoga is a filter you superimpose over the world to figure out who the heck you really are.
What did you discover about yourself during your last yoga class?
Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and workstudy volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.