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Occupy your imperfection on the mat

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Not only do you not have to do everything perfectly, you also don’t have to do everything right.

Perfectionism is just a lie your ego tells you to mitigate risk. Don’t allow the misguided desire for perfection to prevent you from doing, having and becoming what you need.

Bikram once said that few of us ever do the poses perfectly. Instead, it’s about how well you understood what you’re trying to accomplish in each pose, and how you tried to accomplish your goal. And 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.

When know how is lacking, decide what amount of progress is acceptable. Create of a way to quantify that amount so you can constantly measure it.

That will help you focus 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.