05 May Build a practice that’s truly your own
Stay on your own mat.
This is a helpful reminder to respect people’s privacy during yoga class.
But it’s also a noble mantra that keeps us focused on our own practice, not someone else’s. After all, each one of us has to put together our own best path. What’s best for our unique mind, body and soul might be completely wrong for somebody else.
My wife, for example, likes to add in a few bonus stretches, crunches and pushups at the end of each class. It’s how she winds down after a good practice.
Whereas my ritual after class is to do a short mindfulness meditation, take a cold shower and then make notes of all the ideas that came floating into my head.
We stay on our own mat.
And there’s nothing wrong with getting inspiration from someone else’s practice. Absolutely try different approaches to yoga until you find what fits for you. Try a diversity of yoga systems as you attempt to build a practice that’s truly your own.
But in the end, stay focused on your own journey.
Because there are just as many ways to do yoga as there are students to practice it.
Are you staying on your own mat?
Scott Ginsberg is the author of 36 books, a TEDx speaker, the world record holder of wearing nametags, and the author of A Year in Hot Yoga: Daily Meditations for On and Off the Mat.