Retro Throwback: What I Learned from Competition

On Sundays, please enjoy the Retro Throwback where I share my favorite posts from some time ago.

Last Sunday, I stayed for the Texas regional asana championships after the women’s retreat was over. I was very interested to see what the championships were like from the perspective of an audience member. I remember when I did my first competition last year, I was so nervous. I thought looking at it from the other end would help give me perspective.

It did.

As an audience member, I understand why people praised my postures when I thought they stunk. I understand why people looked surprise when I said my routine wasn’t very good. No matter how we think we do on that stage, everyone watching is in awe and in complete support of us.

Yes, I saw people fall. I saw people fall because of nerves or because they had chosen a very difficult posture as an optional and, you know, falling happens. I felt bad for anyone who fell, but you know what? Everyone who fell had determination to keep going. They either tried the posture again or shook it off and kept going. If they were rattled, it didn’t show. That takes bravery and strength. And yes, I heard that 1000 times before my own competition, but it took me sitting in the audience to finally get it.

Everyone is up there sharing their yoga practice.

Everyone is up there sharing a personal moment with us.

It is special. We are lucky to see it. Thank you to all who got up on that stage and competed. You were beautiful

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  1. LeighAHall (@LeighAHall)
    Jan 26, 2015 @ 06:45:00

    Retro Throwback: What I Learned from Competition http://t.co/ZMKBZGpPiC #bikramyoga #yogaholicsmag

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  2. LeighAHall (@LeighAHall)
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 10:46:28

    Retro Throwback: What I Learned from Competition http://t.co/1Uj9dDLIpn #bikramyoga #yogaholicsmag

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