Inspiration vs. competition in yoga

Inspiration vs. competition in yoga via Yoganonymous
Do you get competition in yoga class?

When we think of yoga we may think of our favorite teachers, the way we feel during and after our practice, the poses we love and the poses that are challenging and, the list goes on and on.

But have you ever associated yoga with competition?

We all have become accustomed to seeing how competitive life can be, especially in the corporate world, and in pro sports, but did you ever imagine that yoga can be as competitive? You may be in for a big surprise if your answer is: “No way…Not in yoga.”

I remember reading a while back an article about a yoga competition event, and I have to admit my eyes rolled in judgment (not my proudest moment). I have been practicing for over 10 years and teaching for over eight, and the more I practice and teach the more I realize that yoga, at least for me, is not about competition or the achievement of certain poses. Yoga has helped and continues to guide me in the path of self-acceptance, self love, inspiration and finding my way back to myself. 

I believe that there is a fine line between friendly competition, including the kind of competition with oneself for self-improvement, and the competition that leads to feelings of jealousy, disempowerment, comparison and separation.

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