We often come into contact with the notion that our best is not good enough as if that were possible. Your best is always good enough because it comes from you and you are always good enough. You may not be able to deliver someone else’s idea of good enough, but that is not your burden. As long you remain true to yourself, you don’t need to expect anything more from yourself.
It’s easy to get caught up with the idea of trying to be the best – the best parent, the best employee, the best friend and best child. If we keep trying to be the best, we run the risk of short circuiting our originality.
Pushing our bodies to work past its natural rhythm diminishes our ability to renew and recharge. In this economic depression, I am aware of the fact that we all have to work harder and longer hours to earn what we did before. A feeling similar to jet lag tells us when we’ve overridden our own natural rhythm.
I firmly believe we must make time for ourselves. I know you must be saying “there isn’t enough time in the day to take time out for myself”. I understand. However, without remaining healthy in body and mind can lead you in a worse place.
Yoga is the perfect form of exercise. It teaches breathing techniques and the ability to find some inner peace. Don’t believe everything you have heard or read. Yoga has been around for centuries. There are always some bad apples among the bunch, so don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.
Yoga offers the ability to recharge and renew. Once you step onto your mat, which is what you use to do the postures, you already feel like you are in a different place as soft music plays in the background. At the end of each class there is a time where you just lie down in stillness (shavasana).
Yoga is not only for women. Men attend classes as much as women do. Men must learn to recognize and respect their bodies’ need for rest and renewal as well. Give it a shot - make the time to keep you inner body healthy too.