Yoga isn’t a competition


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When we finish a yoga class, our first instinct to ask ourselves, well, how’d we do? Did we have a good class?

But the problem with this kind of thinking is, it’s trapped in the binary, goal oriented construct of good or bad, right or wrong, win or lose.

And yoga isn’t a competition. It’s a practice. It’s about showing up and seeing what you find that day.

And so, the question might be to ask ourselves, what did we notice? In our bodies and minds and souls, what came up for us?

Because those observations contain everything we need to learn.

Shakespeare must have done yoga considering his observation, for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. To me it is a prison. 

How does black and white thinking discolor your yoga practice?

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