To “honor yourself, just as you are” can be a challenge for many of us. It can be refreshing to try it and your yoga mat can be a great place to start this habit.
Resist judging yourself (why can’t I xxx?). Resist blaming yourself or feeling guilty (why me?). Instead try offering yourself compliments, forgiveness and most of all, compassion. Offer yourself a smile when you fall out of a pose, or look in the mirror, rather thoughts of criticism.
Yoga teaches us how to change our perspectives of others and more importantly ourselves. Your yoga practice is a wonderful place to learn about how being where you are in your life, just as you are, is okay. Honoring yourself, your existence and your contribution to this planet is a huge step in discovering how powerful and beautiful you really are.
As you start to shift your perspective, you begin to see your limitations as opportunities for growth, particularly in your relationship with yourself. You become more accepting of whom you are. This is yoga. This is finding your truth.