Continuing to think on competition and yoga…
Perhaps some of the greatest competitors are those who offer examples of what is talked about in yoga:
1. the ability to concentrate regardless of distractions seen by those witnessing
2. the extension of friendship to others in the field
3. compassion towards others
4. the calm and confidence to look others in the eye and stay steadfast in their efforts
Now – for each of the lines above, you can see what is said in yoga:
1. Yoga Sutra I: 32 specifically talks about cultivating this ability to concentrate.
“The practice of concentration on a single subject (or the use of one technique) is the best way to prevent the obstacles and their accompaniments.”
2-4. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra I:33 is known as the four locks and keys. A good description of how to work with others regardless of the situation.
“By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness (transl. Sri Swami Satchidananda). “
So then, what is the reason that yoga is considered non-competitive?
Something to think on.
Yoga pose of the Day: Marichyasana I (as shown in the link, or in class)
Yoga Concept of the Day: Why isn’t yoga a competitive practice?