When someone says "do your best" do you feel overwhelming pressure? Or is it just me? When someone says "do the best you can do" I automatically turn into a ball of anxiety. What does that statement even really mean? I've been thinking about this a lot lately...
I just came back from a week in Los Angeles, my favorite place to be. It's a tremendous city that has an unfortunate (and inaccurate) reputation for being a strange and superficial city. I actually find myself more at home and at peace in Los Angeles more than I do anywhere else. I jive with that energy. I was able to practice the entire week at an amazing studio called Light on Lotus. I rarely get the chance to practice these days in an actual studio with other yogis. A lot of my time is spent bopping around teaching, so my own practice is often spent in the privacy of my home at either ungodly early hours or in the middle of a hectic teaching day. I love my home practice, it serves me and I've grown from it. But there's nothing like standing in the middle of a crowded studio and moving through Asana. I observed myself all week as I was challenged through some strong classes. The words "do you best" kept coming into my head for some reason. At one point I was so challenged by a posture that I tuned out. I was in my mind chatter so much that I wasn't even listening to the teacher who was next to me trying to guide me into the posture. Wow what a moment for me.
I was in my head...listening to that voice that was saying "you're never going to be able to do this. Your hips are too tight. Why did you come to this advanced level class, etc, etc." I gave over to that voice and stopped doing my best. But the most amazing thing happened...once I noticed I was in my head I realized doing my best was literally listening, trying to do what I COULD do and acknowledging the limitations for what they are. Yes maybe today wasn't the day I was going to get into the fullest expression of the posture, but at least I tried it out for me. That's my best. My best is not going to look like your best. Maybe on a day when I've had a great evening with friends and have had too much wine, my best will be slightly different because I might be moving a little slower. It doesn't mean that I PUSH myself into anything. Our best at any given moment is listening to where our bodies, minds, and spirits are at that exact moment and honoring that place.
We're gonna groove through a soulful flow this week...maybe move out of our comfort zones a bit. Let's focus on listening to where the mind, body, and spirit are TODAY and honor that as we move and shake our spirits around. And can we have some fun doing it? Yes!
See you on the mat! As always if you want to come to my class and haven't tried out one of the studios where I teach please reach out to me--I'm happy to have you be my guest!