Progress is defined as forward movement toward a destination. When it comes to yoga, how is progress determined? Is it gaining flexibility? Is it being able to complete advanced posture movements? While none of these are actual signs of progression, they are a good start to transforming your practice in yoga.
The meaning of progress in yoga is not a definition but an action. Progression in your practice is how well you can comply with resistance, both mentally and physically.
Progress as a “yogi” means learning how to breathe deeply and create a space to feel what is happening in your mind and body.
So how can you feel like a yogi, even if you are a beginner?
Step 1: Don’t react, learn to observe.
Notice what occurs as you work through the different postures. What feelings do you experience? What thoughts go through your mind? Think about these two aspects by observing and not instantly reacting. Become curious about yoga and learn to observe your curiosity which will lead you to wanting more and more progress in your practice.
Step 2: Meditate.
Tune into your body. The more you learn to be one with your body, clear your mind, and ignore the jabber around you, the more you will be able to focus on the physical technique. Once this is accomplished, the benefits of yoga will come more quickly than you once anticipated.
Step 3: Invest in a private lesson.
A one-on-one instruction with a seasoned yoga instructor can have tremendous benefits to your yoga practice. The benefits of advancing in your practice include pointing out areas that can help you grow and continued guidance through your growth. Additionally, private instruction prevents any bad habits right in the beginning.
So, whether you are a beginning yogi or returning yogi, start your path towards a happier and healthier lifestyle. Incorporating simple basic poses and following the simple three steps will help you feel like a yogi and lead you to your desired progression.