A balance of acceptance and discipline is vital in our yoga practice. Too much acceptance and you might never get on your mat. Too much discipline and you start pushing yourself to the point of burn out.
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This is going to sound a little ‘out there’ to the sceptics among you. But for those of you who have done much yoga you will probably have heard that we tend to carry negative emotions in our hips. I had never experienced an emotional release through the physical practice of yoga. Until Monday.
Confession time. As I write this, I’m going through a phase where I have only managed to get myself on my mat at home once a week. This is a hard thing to admit as a yoga teacher in training. But it is a common pattern for a lot of us – we are least likely to take proper care of ourselves when we most need to. So why is it so hard to actually do the things that are good for us?
Don’t get me wrong, I love sun salutations – the flow, the full-body stretch, the generation of heat and energy. They can make a great yoga practice by themselves as well as serving as a go-to sequence to wake the body up in preparation for a longer practice. But sun salutations are not the only option.