If we want things to change, we have to change things.
Whether it’s something in our yoga practice or something in our lives, wishing, hoping, and complaining isn’t going to make the change we are longing for. We need to do something different.
Maybe the change you need to make is to practice patience. In our yoga practice, building strength, gaining flexibility, learning to regulate breathing, and, most importantly, quieting the mind, take time. These things don’t happen overnight. Be diligent and patient.
Practice perseverance. Keep at it. Again, lasting change, real change, takes time. If you’ve only been practicing yoga for a year, you are still a beginner. In fact, aren’t we all beginners at some level? Yoga is a lifelong practice. It cannot be rushed.
Be curious. Ask questions. Study and learn. Sometimes a little technique can go a long way.
Work hard. Maybe you need to practice more often. I feel that three days a week seems to be the minimum one should practice yoga. If you can’t make it to class, practice on your own. If you are only practicing twice a week, challenge yourself to three or four or even five times a week. Six would be ideal!
And the things we can’t change? We can change the way we think about them. Things that are beyond our control require us to change our attitudes. We learn to let go and release such things.
These guidelines apply not only to our yoga practice, but to any aspect of our lives we wish to change.