Yoga is so much more than a physical practice. It’s backed by philosophy and observances detailed in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. One of which is known as Satya, the observance of truth.
We typically think of in practicing truth the context of social relationships. For example, being honest with others or showing up authentically to a conversation by being truly present and attentive. However, Satya also applies to how we approach ourself.
In the context of yoga, Satya challenges practitioners to show up authentically to the mat. To be honest about your capabilities. To drop to your knees in high plank if you’re ever compromising the integrity of the pose. Yet perhaps more importantly, being honest about how truly awesome you are. To recognize the truth that it’s a tremendous accomplishment to even show up to your mat. As a wise man named Drake once said: “Being humble don’t work as well as being aware.”
The next time you fall out of a balancing pose – rather than defaulting to discouragement – practice Satya by recalling the truth – the honest self awareness – that you are undoubtedly divine.