When we practice, it’s quiet. There’s no chatter, no joking around, no stories, we are not here for entertainment.
Yes, we are serious about focusing on what we are doing.
Yes, we are serious about paying attention to breath and applying the details of the posture.
Yes, we are serious about keeping our attention on our own mats.
Yes, we are serious about working hard and being consistent.
But be careful not to confuse a serious commitment to focus and attention with negative, controlling, critical, or dogmatic thinking.
Serious attention to focus does not mean being harsh. We can be serious about our practice and be kind, caring, and forgiving. We can be serious about our practice and not take ourselves too seriously.
If we stumble, wobble, or fall out of a posture, we maintain our focus and keep breathing. We do not engage in self-criticism by telling ourselves we are not good enough. Falling is part of the practice. We all wobble and fall from time to time, but we learn to keep breathing as we do.
Yoga isn’t something we just do for fun once in a while. A serious commitment to your practice demonstrates your commitment to physical and mental self-improvement for the long haul.
And that’s something to take seriously.