Challenge = requirement for growth

  • December 2015
  • Yoga Reflections
  • By Kristen Mansch

As in life, growth in our yoga practice happens through challenge. No mud, no lotus as they say. We grow and learn the most through postures that challenge us. I've heard it said, the postures you do not like are those you need most. If we stay with it, learn to slow down our breathing, and calm the mind—new levels of strength (inside and out) are born. Not overnight of course, but with regular practice and some patience, we grow.

Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.

The same is true in our daily life. We learn, grow, and get stronger during difficult times. Take a moment to reflect on your own life. Do you find this to be true? Challenge is necessary. We may not like it, but in hindsight hopefully we can appreciate the lessons learned.

The process reminds me of hearing how a bumblebee breaks open its cacoon. The bee needs to flap its wings, do the work, to break it open. If someone were to break the cacoon for the bee, its wings would not be strong enough to survive. In the same way, we are strengthened from challenges, on and off the mat.

The ulitmate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. –martin luther king, jr.