Three simple words that can be so powerful. In the yoga room (or anywhere for that matter), I first heard this phrase from Taylor Dunham in her evening Vinyasa 1/2 class. I was there as a Teacher Trainer and had been at work since before 8AM, gone to assist another TT in a class beforehand, and was just getting on my mat for class at 8:15PM. I was tired. I was happy to be there and I love Taylor's classes (therapy balls - yay!) but it had been a long day. Taylor opened the class talking about this phrase and as she spoke I felt a weight lifting off my shoulders. She explained that it didn't matter if we were dragged there by a friend, if we would rather be curled up in bed, or if we simply didn't feel great - we were there and that was all that mattered. It was enough, we were enough.
So much of our lives is spent getting to the next rung on the ladder. We get good grades so that we can get into a decent college, we study hard in college so that we can get a good job. We work crazy hours in the rat race so that we can pay the rent and if we are lucky, get a promotion or a better job. It is all about moving up, getting there. Wherever there is. Society tells us that we need to have successful careers, live in the right zip code, be thin and pretty, have perfect relationships, live in a beautiful home and wear beautiful clothes. According to society, we are never enough!
Once we roll out our yoga mat though, all of that disappears (for at least a little while). We don't have to be anyone, achieve any pre-set goals, or compete with our neighbor. We can just be. Just as we are.
One time in college someone asked me why I enjoyed activities such as backpacking and yoga over more 'traditional' sports. After giving it some thought I responded that I found I thrived in those activities because I was not competing directly with anyone else but was rather working with myself. She did not understand what I was talking about, which is fine, but that interaction stuck with me. As I grow in my yoga practice (and in life), I realize that what I was saying during that conversation was all about that feeling of I am enough.
Many times people have told me that they don't practice yoga because they aren't flexible, they are too old, need to lose weight first, don't have the right gear, and so on. The beautiful thing is - none of that matters! We should be practicing even more so if we feel that we are constricted in some physical, mental or material way. The yoga teaches us that we are perfect, unique creatures just as we are.
Today, even (or especially!) if you have never stepped foot in a yoga class, tell yourself that you are enough. Whatever happened today, whatever challenges you are facing - you are enough.
Happy Hump Day, Yogis:)