“Listen…that might be your body talking to you. So I had this older woman in class the other day. She’s probably in her 50’s and looks damn good, and her asanas are so strong! Just recently, she had a knee injury. I’m not exactly sure how it happened. But ugh! Knee. injuries. are. the. worst…even when they just pop out of place for a mere second. From time to time, I could hear grunts coming from her; and some of those grunts did not sound okay. I mean, we all grunt and moan in our yoga practice, it’s normal; but her grunts…just not good. I could tell that she was forcing herself through her knee pain. I had to tell her to take it easy.
There’s a big difference between pain and sensation in a posture. Pain is an option, sensation is inevitable. Listen to what your body is telling you, not your ego. The ego will get you into trouble, boyeee! No, really. Movements and adjustments in a posture are beautiful things, and are encouraged to help you find stillness thereafter. Feeling pain will not help your asana. If you start feeling pain, back off a bit, and be gentle with yourself….it’s okay. Wherever you are in your practice is exactly where you should be, and that’s perfectly fine. If you’re feeling depleted, come into your breath. You have more strength than you know, regardless of what your mind is telling you. You have strength just waiting to be unleashed, just waiting to radiate from that beautiful body! Shine! You can do anything for five, ten more seconds! But at the same time, listen to your temple. You are your body’s best teacher.
Let love and gentleness reign within your asana, and your body will thank you.