Last week, my yoga teacher said something really great as we started class. She reminded us to help our focus by closing our eyes when we could, to zone in and concentrate on what was happening on our own mat and then she reminded us that we weren’t in competition, either with our neighbour or, more importantly, with ourselves. I love this!
There are times, of course, when competition is very healthy and so motivating. It can be extremely satisfying to push yourself and do more than you thought possible. Sometimes it’s all that keeps us going in a difficult situation.
There is also a negative side to competition though, the one that makes people feel inferior and insecure. This kind of competition can act as a blocker, stopping people from giving something a go, seeing where a “try” takes them.
Unhealthy competition can rear its head anywhere from the workplace to the schoolyard and very often inside our heads. We must be mindful of the strength of individuality and the uniqueness of our own experiences and adventures… there are so many different roads to the reach same goal.
Compliment your friends, collaborate with your colleagues and look after yourself. By shifting our thoughts this way, we breed positivity and confidence and more importantly fun. It’s so much better to create a space where people feel supported enough to take chances, big or small. Go on, try that handstand... I’ve got you!
About the Author
Aisling may work a desk job but loves nothing more than being active and getting out into the fresh air and sunshine. She is a big fan of staying healthy and happy and believes the two are strongly linked.
She fell in love with yoga because of its feel good benefits and continues to reap the rewards of a regular practice every week. She adores the snow and sunshine and indulges in surfing or snowboarding as the season dictates. As a nutritional therapist and a bit of a foodie, she enjoys trying new recipes, looking for the balance between the wholesome and the indulgent!
Aisling has been our Yoga Dublin blogger for over two years and loves sharing her tips and insights for a healthy lifestyle.