It’s been 2 years hopping in Asia-Pacific. Still traveling loads, but Hong Kong has been pretty much my base the last 8 months.
Shortly after my arrival, I joined Pure Yoga. One of the best known studios in Asia. The goal: Continue my practice. I seek for progress and strive, like most of us, to become better. But better at what? Is “better” the right word to use? What am I looking for when I follow a yoga class?
Yoga in Bali
In Asia the yogis are incredibly flexible and bendy. Tripods, splits or hand stands are just regular poses. And it was confronting. The ego was touched. Being an instructor myself made it even more challenging. I could not help feeling slightly insecure. Questioning: Am I ready to “teach in Asia”? And, right afterwards, feeling negative for having those thoughts.
In my mind I know yoga is not about the poses. Neither about becoming super-mega-flexie. Or about holding a handstand for 10′. But still, the reality is, that I felt a chain of negativity due to my competitive ego. Asian yogis have been a great mirror to “that” which I needed to work on most. What I needed to work on was not my poses, I needed to become aware of this competitive side of myself. And since, each day I am letting go of it. I don’t need to compare. I don’t need to be “better than” to feel good about myself.
I practice yoga to become a better person. To unlock the blockages in my body and mind. To be healthy, more balanced and connected.
I feel this has been a gift. And a beautiful yogi lesson. Yoga is about letting go of the ego, loving & being compassionate with yourself and others. Thank you asian yogis!! Namaste.
Yoga in Canada