Performing Yoga requires your entire being at attention. The body, mind, and soul, all serve the higher spirit. The term given to yoga practitioners in India is ‘Yogi’. The root meaning describes a person who has attained the highest level of meditation. Becoming one with the higher self is the ultimate aim of all Yogis. In the modern context, simply anyone who pursues Yoga is given the name. But there is much more effort needed to become a true one. Every thought should be monitored. Yoga is a way of celebrating life. And it is possible only when you are devoid of your prejudices and expectations from it. There are few characteristics if you aspire to walk the Yogi path.
All tasks in life require focus. If you will let your thoughts wander, you will deviate from the path. The outcome will also not match your assumption. All these rules apply to Yoga practice as well. A Yogi is always aware of the pose he is in. There is no moment when his thoughts are left unguarded. While practicing, every neuron should only be thinking of the current effort. The stretch should be felt in every cell of the muscle. And if you are focused, there is no chance of an unwanted result, like an injury.
In Yoga, there is no pinnacle of perfection. You cannot just achieve the destination. The Yogi has to be on a constant journey because then only growth will be assured. In other words, there is no limit to how much better one can become. The thresholds do not exist, and thus your life flows boundlessly. Do not stop. Even if you do not plan on renunciation of worldly beliefs, the Yogi mindset will guide you through your life. Constant growth is the mantra to climb the ladder of success.
Every Yoga pose requires the Yogi to take up a new challenge. It is not easy to perform any Asana without a struggle. But the struggle is mandatory for growth. The body is sacred, as a temple. And the divinity can be brought to it by accepting that little suffering will lead it to the next level. As a Yogi, do not shy away when difficulty comes your way. Persist and pursue your aim. Betterment will come, but you will learn to cherish the bumpy journey that led there.
Satisfaction is a prime part of Yoga. One might argue that if contentment is attained about the performance, how will one grow. There lies the difference between contentment and curiosity. Contentment stops you from comparing your growth with others. While curiosity keeps you going further to discover your potential. If satisfaction doesn’t arise from within, one looks around and gets influenced by other’s progress. A Yogi is only concerned about his journey. Understand that everyone is on a different path, meant only for him. You cannot imitate to excel!
The Yogi mindset has never been a secret. But it requires more than just knowledge. Act on the virtues and create the abode of excellence for your living.