A inner talk with my beginner yogi on how to survive a yoga practice on the mat.
I know you are facing a battle with yourself right now. You are not the most limber, strongest or the best at yoga at the Metodo de Rose school. You have never properly fitted in, although you are sharing the classroom with really nice yogis. You have started two months ago and the idea of mastering an inversion pose is simple out of your possibilities. You haven’t forgotten being bullied at school, because you were not the best in your gymclass, have you? You think you don't have balance at all and your shoulders are to weak.
Your complexion will sort itself out, you will learn to embrace your imperfections – that is what I want to tell you. Let your body listen and learn from your teacher, not your mind. Yoga is not a synonymous with asana, asana is one of the eight limbs of Yoga elucidated by Patanjali. You are not practicing and teaching for a photo on social media, some of them are simply portraits of beauty, strength, and poise in asana. You are practicing to connect with yourself. And I should probably say, don't abuse “the wall support”. A sign of insecurity. Remember that your body is smarter than you are. Just celebrate what you’ve got.
Do answer Bereissa's text to meet up, because she will be the connection to your future yogini master: Fernanda. You cannot possibly imagine your future life right now. You will move to Oslo, Norway. Launch your own website with exclusive private yoga classes, become a brand ambassador (Manduka) and lead classes in Crossfit Oslo.
You will share your practice with Mark Robberds and Doug Swenson. You will meet incredible Norwegians yogis and yoginis. You will attend 3 different classes of yoga per day – although your training was in Ashtanga – you are hungry for inspiration. Remember: there are as many asanas as human being living on earth.
With this in mind, be kind, be polite, be considerate of others, share with your beginner students all your knowledge: upward movements are made with inhalation, down with exhalation. Twists forward and sideways are made with exhalation; back with inhalation except the ones standing. Strong positions are made with lungs filled. And for the more experience give them a quick reminder.
You are going to have so much fun. You will never repeat the same class twice. Fun fact, you will play 90's rap music during a yoga class and make your students smile of joy. You will give them good energy through a hug and they will receive it. It will never occur to you that you appear ridiculous. You will bring your mat with you everyday, everywhere. And you will never be one of those people who just roll out of bed. Because your pranayama practice became an essential part of your life.
Most days, you will look at your Yoga journey and think, “Wow! I am upside down mastering a inversion pose” And there you are, realizing that its not about stretching your legs to the sky, it is what you’ve learn on the way up. On the mat the yoga practitioner is the embodiment of focus, discipline and unwavering concentration. A devoted to the perfection of the asana to achieved a higher state of being.
There is nothing in this journey you will love the most than being able to share the art of yoga with others. Currently you are working with new projects and you are feeling very excited. I look up and see the sunset in Majorstuen and I pinched myself. You are going to have many of those moments. Don't take them for granted!