I went to my brother’s dance performance. It was so entertaining! I was thinking for a while afterward about how everyone in the show looked like they were having so much fun onstage. It was enjoyable for me to watch them having a great time.
I reflected on what it was that created this fun feeling and helped me to connect to the dancers. I decided that what was so appealing about the performance was the confidence the performers had onstage which allowed them to show their enthusiasm and share their energy. They found joy in the moving their bodies, but they weren’t doing it for their audience: they enjoyed their bodies and how they moved for their own sake.
I felt inspired to work toward this in my yoga practice. Sometimes, I get so wrapped up in the challenge of aiming for the “classical” shape of the poses that I forget to have fun with it. I love refining my alignment but that shouldn’t stop me from having fun. When I see photos on Instagram of people doing advanced yoga poses I start comparing my practice to theirs and worrying about how I measure up. I confess to having even done this at the studio when looking around at other students in class.
Yoga isn’t about an audience. And even if it was, I wouldn’t do it for them. I do it for my own entertainment.
Questions for reflection:
- When do you feel most confident in yourself and in your body? Who are you with, where are you, and what are you doing when you feel this way?
- When do you find yourself comparing yourself to an audience? Again, consider the situation where this arises.
- What can you do this week to add some fun and entertainment that’s just for yourself?
This article was provided by Katie Pizziketti as part of a her monthly series, Attitude for Gratitude, in which Katie will explore using gratitude to cultivate a mindful and positive active lifestyle. Join Katie for practice on Sundays at 12:30pm.
Yoga is a treasured part of Katie’s fitness lifestyle. She uses it to build strength, flexibility, and body awareness which complement her interests in running, weight training, and interval exercise. Katie is using yoga to improve her range of motion and wellbeing in ways which were missing from her other exercise routines.
Katie developed an appreciation for accessibility – creating things that can be used by people of any ability level – after several years of working with adults living with serious mental illnesses and other limitations. Her belief is that almost anything can be achieved with the right attitude (and modifications). She loves helping people find their own doable pose that is just the right amount of difficult. Her high-energy classes focus on becoming stronger and stretchier with a smile!