What if I told you there was only one thing you really needed to advance your yoga practice? Would you believe me? I hope, because this isn't one of those "lose 50 pounds in 1 week by eating this one food" kinda deals. I believe in this one thing 100% and know it's the key. The key to unlocking the magic of your practice. Without this one thing, there really is no way you ever will further, deepen, or advance your practice anyway. You need it and you need to live it right this moment. So what is this one very special important thing?
That's right. An intangible trait that you must have to advance your practice. It is so essential to almost everything in life, but very important to your yoga practice as well. I might dare say it's the most important thing. More important than the postures, breath, knowledge, peace. Confidence is the one element that will bring beauty, love, fearlessness, improvement, and courage to the practice. I know it has been the most important element for me and I live it everyday, to practice it on and off the mat.
We all have some degree of confidence. If you didn't than you wouldn't have even started your yoga practice and would still be sitting there only dreaming of a flow on the mat. It takes confidence to want to see what your beautiful human body can do and what lies within the depths of your mind. The inner fibers and filaments of the muscles, the deep intimate thoughts that you don't even know you have. Those will all be discovered and explored with your confidence.
When you fully live your confidence and accept that you have every right to live it, that's when your practice will advance. I've always had confidence in my yoga practice. I feel it would be silly not to trust myself and be brave. The incredible things the body can do when you believe in yourself. I think you should have confidence in the fact that your own body knows how to move, feel, flow, and try. It will go to the limits it knows it can go.
When you step on the mat, have confidence that you will be able to let go of any fears, reservations, or insecurities you may have. So what if someone's watching, so what if someone's not? If you lack this element, confidence, you will not be able to trust and believe in yourself. You will feel inadequate and simply continue living in mediocrity.
How do you manifest confidence? This goes for when you're on or off your mat. The same "rules" apply.
First, you need to stop not believing in yourself. Give yourself some credit. I bet you've done some pretty amazing things, so why not believe you can do more, like advance your yoga practice and go for that inversion you have been wanting to try?
Which brings us to the second point. Stop living in fear. You will never grow or live in confidence if you fear the worse and never even try. Really, what is the worse? That you'll fall and break your neck? Like I said before, your body is an incredible thing and you'll catch yourself. You need to breakup with fear and being scared. You need to try, thus you will grow, and you will see that you deserve to manifest your confidence. Because you can.
Third, you need to stop hating. Hating yourself, hating others, hating your situation. If you hate, then you're not going to have confidence in anyone or anything. How can you deepen and advance your practice if you're filled with hate and loathing? You need to love. Love your practice, yourself, and those that are there to help you along the way. You deserve to love and not be filled with hate. Hate will only hold you back.
Fourth, you need to want it, you need to have passion in the things you do. If you really could care less about your yoga practice or digging deep, then why would you need confidence in the first place? If you don't care, then your body won't care and it won't allow you to go any further. It's a dead-end, no confidence needed.
Lastly, you need to feel. That may sound weird, but it's what you need to do in order to completely manifest your confidence. You need to feel the beautiful incredible body that houses your completely incredible complex mind and soul. When you allow yourself to go this deep and feel, then you'll find confidence from just doing that. Feeling your body as you flow through your practice and finding the path that will allow you to go deeper; Creating a practice that is fully an expression of you and your fullest potential. Nothing can stop you then. You've found your confidence.
I'll leave you with this. The only thing you need to advance your yoga practice (and your life) is confidence. You need to manifest it through your connection with yourself, with your head held high, chin up, and the courage to try. Confidence in knowing that you can do it, live it, feel it. You can go all the way and achieve what you want, as much as you want, if you fully live your confidence. On and off the mat.
So tell me:
+ Have you found confidence?
+ How do you manifest confidence on and off the mat?
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