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What do I want? What do I need?

Hello curious person


At the beginning of a class, when there are moments of silence, these are the two questions I try and ask myself every time I practise:

  1. What do I want?

  2. What do I need?

Why do I ask myself these? I realised some time ago that what I want and need don't always align. Asking myself these questions brings it to the forefront of my mind rather than it existing as that little whisper amongst my thoughts.


There are some days where I enter a yoga practice and I'm feeling a certain way about myself. Maybe I've not moved a lot this week, maybe I'm recovering from a bug or maybe I'm my breathing isn't feeling great. The list can go on. These feelings make me want to push myself - take every variation offered and find the one that challenges me the most. I'm trying to defy the reality and resist it. However, when I tune in, I realise I need to pause, take an option that matches my energy levels and be kind to myself.


There are other days where I enter a yoga practice and I've had a week which has drained me of my mental energy. I'm fed up and ready to give up. These feelings make me want to dwell on everything that happened, barely pay any attention and count the minutes until this commitment in my week can be ticked off. However, in these moments, I need to pay more attention, connect with that breath and challenge myself enough to keep my mind fully focused on the room.


How would these questions impact your yoga? It can be a really powerful practice to explore and, once you get used to doing it in a yoga class, it transfers to your life off the mat. I would love to hear about your experience with this in the comments.


Thank you for reading this - it means a lot!


Sam



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