“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
One of my favorite lessons I continue to learn from yoga practice is the awareness and acceptance of failure. Every time I’m on my mat I have this hope that I’ll nail every pose on the first try. And sometimes I do. But a more realistic practice looks like feeling all the tension I’m holding, noticing the million “to-do lists” floating around in my head instead of listening to the teacher’s cues, or falling flat on my face in crow pose. We’ve all been there.
But what I continue to learn is the more I show up and the more I practice, the more I realize that “failing” in my practice is okay. I’m still moving my body and working out the mental gymnastics I get wrapped into everyday. I’m still showing up for myself even when my Warrior 2 isn’t instagram worthy.
Yoga, for me and I think for a lot of us, is more about feeling better at the end of class than we did at the beginning. It’s a reminder that while we are not perfect, we are whole. We just have to find the time to show up for ourselves, move our bodies, quiet our minds, and breathe.
I hope your practice provides you the space to love your imperfections. To accept and honor the space you make for yourself on your mat during each practice to explore your inner world by moving your body. And I hope you have the courage to hold tight to your enthusiasm through every face plant out of crow, every ungraceful chaturanga, and every other failure you may encounter on or off your mat.
Love & light,