Going to yoga classes, or even just doing a yoga practice at home or following a video online, it’s easy to have a desire to be good or better at yoga. This is especially the case if you’re practicing with people who seem to be able to do the poses more easily and comfortably with you, whose strength, flexibility, and balance you admire. It may make you ask yourself how you can improve at yoga. Well, we’re here to tell you the one secret to how to really get good at yoga. Are you ready for it? Here it is:
Don’t laugh, now. We’re being completely serious. Here’s why.
You may have already noticed that breathing is a central part of yoga, with your yoga instructor guiding your breathing as much or even more than they do your body. This is because, more than it is about poses, yoga is really about breathing. As one great yogi once said, “If you’re not breathing, you’re not doing yoga. You’re doing amateur gymnastics at best.”
Because breathing is what helps you feel more present. Breathing helps you relax and balances your emotions. Breathing elevates your consciousness.
Breathing can also help you go deeper into your poses, hold them longer, and feel less pain or discomfort while you’re in them. So next time you catch yourself in a yoga class wondering how you can be better, just take a deep breath. That’s the secret right there.