This is a question we ask our students after giving an adjustment or alternative pose in class- same, better, worse? I started thinking about this and how important this question is in all yoga practices. Does your yoga help you to be the same, better or worse? With any luck, your yoga practice should help you feel a bit better each time.
I am not speaking here on a purely physical level (although that is a side effect of yoga), but of an emotional and spiritual level as well. Each time you take a class ask yourself- same, better, worse? If you feel worse after a particular class take the time to figure out what it is that isn’t working for you and find a class that makes you feel better. Your practice should be one that builds you up, not exhausts you completely. Yoga is about finding balance inside and out. Finding out who you are, the possibilities that lie ahead, seeing clearly the past you’ve left behind. Yoga can be hard work some days and so refreshing others. At the end of the day, week, month or year; take the time and ask yourself, “After my practice am I the same, better or worse?” Once you find the answer you can adjust your practice accordingly.