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Make progress, not perfection

Photo by Monica Felix @

Photo by Monica Felix @

Bikram constantly reminds his students, few of us ever do the poses perfectly. Instead, it’s about how well you understand what you’re trying to accomplish in each pose and how you try to accomplish your goal.

As a yoga student myself, I’ve achieved powerful results by embracing this principle in my own practice. You don’t just learn the ideal pose, you learn what challenges you will face during the process, in addition to what clues will help you make rapid progress.

Whether you’re a yoga student or not, progress revolves around asking yourself three questions: How do you gauge progress? What amount of progress is acceptable? And can you think of a way to quantify that amount so you can constantly measure it?

That will focus you on moving forward without moving flawlessly.

Are you trying to keep from losing ground, or trying to make progress?

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and work study volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.