What does that mean in today’s society?
Everywhere you look, there is an emphasis on humanism. You know what’s best for you. You decide. Only you can know how you feel.
How do we interpret that in our yoga practice?
The trouble arises when we focus too much on the ego. The voice that demands better, demands more, demands linear improvement.
Do we really know best?
Yoga is a moving meditation. We are striving to practice without interruption from our ego. We are striving to practice with a still mind, and a smooth breath.
Stewart Gilchrist says an advanced practitioner could go to a practice and do nothing but breathe, and still be advanced. As long as they were reciting the practice mentally and connecting it to their breath, they would be practicing advanced yoga.
Asana is just one of the eight limbs of yoga. Physical ability will eventually fade, so our practice needs to live in our mind.
Switch off the other voice and listen to your breath. That’s the greatest act of self care there is.