Yoga: internal motivation vs. external objectives
For many people, the practice of yoga has as much to do with mental and sensitive goals as it does with physical ones.
Yoga encourages the practitioner to remain present, pay attention to his spirit and meet him/her. Yoga provides training for the psyche, but also for the body. To sum up, for quite a few people, the purpose of doing yoga is to do yoga.
We tend to see the traditional way of working as a means to a specific end. As a general rule, most people work to be able to see their physique or their performance better. We set goals based on changes in anatomical composition. To give an example, fitness is often seen as a way to prosper the quality of another aspect of life, such as lifting weight, playing with small children, climbing stairs, feeling good about ourselves… Very rarely does anyone improve their physical condition to be better at the fitness experience.
Putting the skill focus on external objectives, as opposed to the internal experience of the exercise, makes the exercise look more like a job, that is, a step that must be achieved to achieve what we truly want, as opposed to an experience or a personal reward. There is nothing wrong with having external or aesthetic goals, but most service clients who are able to locate true success in the long run also tend to fall in love with the process itself.
The factor “About to Die
There are people who complain about big, productive training that they don’t feel like they’re going to give back, what if that were a bad thing! Marketing, the media and sports folklore make us think that if a training does not make us feel that we are on the verge of dying, then we do not work enough. In addition to the fact that this is not entirely true, it also makes the idea of working exaggeratedly demoralizing and demotivating.
There’s no such thing as “right.
The fact that what is appropriate is relative must be incorporated into what has already been done before. In truth, progress in yoga may be more because we don’t fully understand how it affects us and because of this we can’t continue to do it “correctly”. Everyone on the planet wants to know the right precise way to do things, the right combination of precise exercises and the right nutrition plan. We can assure you that there is no such thing. But that doesn’t prevent marketing and the media from flooding us with “scientifically proven” claims to lose weight or get in shape.
The future of the industry is in anti-felocation results and anti-instantaneous gratification. We must approach the weight room as a place to learn the skills we can practice and thrive, month after month, year after year, forever. There is so much joy in physical fitness, so many different ways to improve and so much pleasure in movement and overcoming obstacles that we have no idea.
So, let’s start approaching dexterity as we approach yoga. Let’s take our time to learn the basics already before we move on to complicated things. Let’s aim to be continually improving and taking on new challenges, and pushing our limits. We’re going to celebrate our victories in the gym and we’re going to do it for the simple reward of using our bodies for something challenging and fantastic.