Updated: May 4, 2021
I was teaching a yoga class recently when I asked the students to move from a standing position to a seated position. As I moved myself to the floor, I lost my balance a little and dropped with a hard thump, leg cocked out at an odd angle.
“You don’t have to be graceful as you move,” I told the class as I laughed at myself. “But try to be mindful.”
This month we focus on the concept of “truthfulness”. Truthfulness, or “satya” in the Yoga Sutra, encourages us to speak, act, and think with integrity. It’s about seeing things as they actually are right now, not as we wish they were. It’s about seeing things as they actually are right now, not as we wish they were.
The truth is, I’m not particularly graceful. I say that not to insult myself, but to recognize the truth that we are all, at times, not particularly graceful. We have all had times where we lose our balance or get distracted. We have our clumsy moments, no matter how much we might wish we were all as graceful as we imagine we should be.
Bringing this concept of truthfulness, or seeing things as they are right now, feels very important to me as a yoga teacher. Instead of a fitness mindset where we are striving to look at certain way or move a certain way, yoga is, for me, about striving to be truthful about where I am right now, today, and what works for my own body.