I wanted to share this insightful post written by Andrea Marcum, Owner of U Studio Yoga in Los Angeles. Her mother, she shares, raised them in a “What will others think?” household. You may relate to her struggle to find balance between worrying what others will think versus those opposite of her – the ones that just don’t care what anyone else thinks, and thus sometimes interrupt the class flow.
Where on the spectrum do you fall? Her beautiful essay made me reflect on my own self-consciousness, especially when I first started yoga. I, too, sometimes worried what the teacher thought and tried to be the “good student”. Over time, I have consciously chosen to try to let go of what others may be thinking about me and stop seeking my teacher’s approval; just trust that a good teacher will adjust or direct me if I need it.
I realized it’s a little narcissistic of me to even think that other people are so worried about what I’m doing on the mat/path of life/issues when most people are busy figuring out their own mat/path/issues. And, while I’m not totally free of worrying what others think, when I catch myself overly concerned about what others may think of me, it’s such a relief to just decide to let it go.
Breathe in. Hold for count of 3. Release and ahhhhhh out the mouth….