When I first started practicing yoga 14 years ago, needless to say, my ego guided my practice. I forced my way into and out of every posture because I wanted to prove I could. If everyone else was doing i.e. “Pigeon Pose” I should be able to. This monkey won the prize, I torqued my knee, causing unnecessary injury.
Being an observer allows you the time to connect with your body and avoid injury.
If you have never taken a yoga class or if you are already a seasoned practitioner, I recommend taking an easy flow class where the flow is at a slower pace. Moving at a slower pace gives you time to feel more and respond appropriately to your body’s messages.
When you get a sense of what your body is trying to communicate, you have the knowledge to back off or modify a position that best meets your body’s physical structure. A good instructor can assist you in making the proper adjustments.
Practicing observation will allow you to respect and honor your body’s unique design.
Don’t be a Monkey. Be yourself!