Mind Your Mat

Post by Lynn DeVasto for the Kind Kindred series.

photo by istolethetv on Flickr

Do you ever have those phrases in life that you hear somewhere, at some point in your life? The phrases that shape you and your life? “Mind your Mat” is one of those phrases for me. I don’t know where I heard it, and I’m not sure it actually exists outside of my head. Regardless, it is a tool that I use to live my life.

Yoga is such a special practice for me. Not because I’m good at it, quite the opposite. It is such a struggle that all I can focus on during that time is my body. For one hour I can tune out my life and just “be”. It took me years to begin yoga, because I was afraid of not being good enough. All I could see were the beautiful, flexible women with their yoga bellies, their grace and their beauty. Since I am neither graceful nor beautiful (I’ll own up to cute), I didn’t think I would or could fit in, and I was sure I would judged in some way.

Fortunately, I had a great role model who explained that yoga was not about competition, it was about doing your personal best. She said to “mind your mat”. This means that when you walk into yoga, you stay on your mat. You don’t look at other people on their mats or pay any kind of attention to what they are doing. There is no comparison, no judgment. This is why I love yoga. I love it because it doesn’t matter that I can’t touch my toes, it doesn’t matter that I can’t do downward dog the right way. Truly, I can’t stand downward dog. Even after all these years…

I don’t go to yoga to socialize, I don’t go to wear cute yoga clothes, I don’t go to yoga to lose weight. I go to yoga because it stretches me, physically and emotionally. I go to yoga to tune out everybody and everything; to “mind my mat.” In those moments, all that really matters is that I have shown up for myself.

Lynn DeVasto is the owner of SuperGirl Workout. After losing 90 pounds, she made the decision to help woman be their own super-hero and find their own version of “fit and fearless”, while being true and kind to themselves in the process.
~ Important but boring stuff: She holds certifications in personal training, holistic wellness coaching, sports nutrition and barre.
~ Perhaps unimportant, but fun stuff: Wakes up every morning at 4:30 (ugh), lives with her kitty love (Brady), has yet to meet a potato she doesn’t like (especially if mashed), currently nominated for Best Personal Trainer in South Jersey!

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