Folks, I need to talk about judgment in yoga.
We experience a lot of judgment in our lives. We experience it coming from other people, from ourselves, from magazines at the checkout in the grocery store. Judgment has a really great foothold on our psyche and generally ends up making us feel like we are coming up short.
The last place I want to see judgment manifesting itself or rearing its ugly head is in a yoga class.
I’ve been amazed over the past year by the number of people who have come up to me and commented that they find my classes so refreshing because they are free from judgment. I’m not saying this to pat myself on the back. I am, in fact, saddened that this has been said to me SO…MANY…TIMES.
Each person is unique…with their own individual strength, flexibility, emotions, and body structure. I find that to be one of the most beautiful parts of teaching yoga…that I get a chance to meet all of these amazing people with their own incredible story written in their emotional, physical, and spiritual bodies. I choose to work with each person in front of me, fully recognizing that each of us brings our own experience of movement, stillness, and the universe to the mat.
I absolutely love this part of sharing yoga, meditation, and breath with other people. It’s my jam and I learn an incredible amount from every single person I practice with.
I am also writing this to let each and every person reading know that they should not stand for judgment…in a yoga class or anywhere else. Motivation? Yes! Encouragement? Yes! Genuine guidance? Yes! Judgment? Hell NO!
I urge you…
Choose spaces that allow you to come to your mat fully and authentically. Do not shy away from your own talents and your own experience. You are worthy of RESPECT and HONOUR (from your teacher and those you practice alongside). Choose teachers and spaces that ooze this out of their pores. Your teacher should take care with you and your physical, emotional, and spiritual presence and you, in turn, should expect nothing less.
Love, light, and peace, Heather