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How to stop comparing yourself to others in yoga class


It’s happened to all of us – we are comparing yourself to others in yoga class. You show up on the yoga mat, you’re sitting there waiting for class to start, and she comes in. This ethereal creature who appears to be floating across the floor. She’s got that “yoga body” – willowy, bendy – her hair is shining and in a carefully crafted messy bun. She’s wearing pants that cost what you pay for a car payment. She gracefully unrolls her mat and starts stretching. She’s more limber when she’s not even warmed up than you are an hour  into a hot yoga class.

All throughout the class, you’re peeking under your armpit during down dog, comparing yourself to her. Why am I sweating so much? Can she see my cellulite through my pants? Can she tell I wore this top last night to sleep in? Is she thinking I’m a lame ass for modifying this pose? I should be able to touch my heels to the floor. Why can’t I hold plank as long as her? I’ll never be able to do that because I’m not as thin as her.

Or maybe your mind chatter sounds something like this… Look at her stupid hairdo. I bet she spent an hour this morning trying to make it look that way. And who wears makeup to a yoga class anyway? I bet she’s not even a real yogi – she just came because it’s the trendy hipster thing to do. Indeed, look at her designer yoga clothes. I bet her rich husband bought those for her. She probably hasn’t worked a day in her life.

Idea to stop comparing yourself to others

Bottom line – when you start to compare yourself to someone else, stuff can get ugly, real quick. Either you’re putting yourself down because you’re comparing yourself to someone else, or you’re putting them down to try to make yourself feel better. Problem is, it doesn’t work. In addition, you leave the yoga class feeling awful. You don’t get any of the benefits of the hour you just spent on the mat because you were preoccupied with this toxic internal dialogue. Mind chatter, especially comparing yourself to others, is a surefire way to ruin your yoga practice for the day. Here are some ideas I have to stop comparing yourself to others.

Return to the breath and try to stop comparing yourself to others in yoga class

As soon as you notice your mind start to race with all these thoughts, immediately come back to the breath. Close your eyes for a moment, and for 2-3 seconds, bring your awareness into your heart center. Deeply inhale, then completely exhale. Take two to three more breaths. If you have to give your mind something to do, think, “Inhale. Exhale.”

Be in your body

Now that your breath has broken the chain reaction of thoughts, take a moment to really be in your body. What sensations are you feeling? How do you feel in this pose? Do you feel a stretch? Are you relaxed? Are you sweating? Itchy? What sounds do you hear? What do you smell? Taste? Feel on your skin? Don’t get derailed and make a judgment about the thought, like I feel dewy from sweat coming up on my skin. Oh god, I’m sweating, does the person next to me think I stink? Just state what you notice – I feel dewy from sweat coming up on my skin. I notice that my scalp feels a little prickly.


Try to stay with your body and your breath throughout the class (throughout the day, also). Whenever you notice that you’re in your head – in some past or future thought – come back to the breath. Come back to the body. A thousand times a day, you can do this!


Notice yourself thinking about what you should be able to do? Stop that. Your yoga class is an awesome opportunity to just celebrate what’s possible today. Each day offers us a different body to work with. Just allow yourself:

  • be free of your expectations about what the pose should look like, feel like, how limber you were yesterday, how tight your neck feels today.
  • let each pose be brand new.
  • become free of your past experiences. Be curious! Explore and play within a pose.
  • Let go of the word “should.”



Do you always pick the same spot in the room? Pick a different spot. Choose different props than you normally use. Afterward wear something more body conscious instead of something baggy. Just changing your environment a little bit can make a difference in how you perceive the class. If you always dread when ardha chandrasana comes up, maybe try welcoming the challenge instead of inwardly groaning when the teacher asks you to go there. Be curious about what your body can do. Let it be your ally instead of the object of your frustration.


If your comparisons tend to be of the, I can’t do that pose fully or I can’t do that pose at all variety, speak up! Every single yoga pose can be modified. That means you don’t have to compare your plank pose to the person next to you and think, Well, I can’t hold my body weight up for even one second, I guess I can’t do plank. You can do a modified version and your teacher is there to help facilitate you to do just that – to build strength, to get more flexible. If there’s a pose you’re curious about, ask the teacher before class how it can be modified. Or, ask during class. I have never been to a class where a student spoke up and a teacher wasn’t more than willing to help that student figure out how to make a pose work for their body. Moreover there could be a prop or a modification that will help you find freedom in the pose. A great teacher will see you and know what you need, but ultimately, it is your body, and you have to speak up.


If you’re a competitive comparer, that is to say, you tend to push yourself too far to try to keep up with those around you, it’s time to go back to step one. Come back to the breath, come back into the body, and listen for a moment. What are you feeling? Do you feel pain? A stretch is fine, a little discomfort is even okay, but if you feel pain, if you can’t breathe in a pose, if your breath is ragged or getting away from you, it’s time to check your ego. Just because the person next to you is taking the optional vinyasa when she could be holding down dog or resting in child’s pose doesn’t mean you should be doing the same. What is your body or breath telling you? It’s time to listen.


If all else fails, and you can’t get your mind to shut up, just try to remind yourself that she’s a human being just like you. She’s just going through life, doing her best, just like you. Even, she has good days and bad days, just like you. She feels bad about herself sometimes, just like you. In addition, she’s self conscious and has things she hates about her body, just like you. So don’t be so hard on her. And don’t be so hard on yourself, either.

So it’s better to stop comparing yourself to others in yoga class and other places. And if you are interested to compare someone then compare your states of mind and body before and after yoga practice. If you want to deepen more into yoga then you are welcome to our Yoga teacher training course in India.

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How to become a Yoga Teacher


.Nowadays, Yoga is getting more and more practitioners all around the world for all the benefits that it involves as physical strength and flexibility, good health, mind balance, self-knowledge, healthy life. For this reasons the general interest for yoga is increasing and so the needed of yoga qualified Yoga Teachers. Because Yoga is not just a sport or physical practice but a philosophy and a life style. You should have true respect and love for Yoga if you are planning to become a Yoga teacher.

If you already felt in love with Yoga and is into your mind becoming a Yoga teacher, your first stage in becoming a yoga teacher is to complete the 200 hour teacher training course (TTC), which will give you the foundation that you need in order to teach asanas and pranayama safely with a strong background in Anatomy and asanas adjustments, Philosophy and history.

How to become a certified yoga teacher?

Once you decided to study your TTC and become a certified Yoga teacher you need to choose where to do your course. There are many options, you can do it in many countries. But definitely the best option would be attending the course in India where Yoga born. And this ancient and spiritual way of living is a life style and where the understanding of Yoga is integrated in their lives.

Becoming a Yoga teacher in India will also be a life experience that you will never forget. With full immersion into this amazing culture you will have better understanding of Yoga and learn from qualified and experiences teachers.

There are many places in India where you can become a teacher. But most of the better schools are in the North of India, in Rishikesh. It is known as “Yoga Capital of the world” is a town based in the beautiful foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. The city is surrounded by hills of jungle, hidden temples and shrines, and the great river Ganges runs through the center of the town. It is creating an incredible spiritually charged setting that has attracted yogis, spiritual seekers, gurus and sages since ancient times. Rishikesh is also home for the International Yoga Festival every March.

So, if you already practice Yoga regularly and know the basics, if you feel the benefits and want to learn more and go deeper is time to look for and choose a school to get certified from Yoga Alliance recognized yoga teacher training center that will guarantee that you have the knowledge to teach Yoga safely.

200 hours Yoga TTC, what do you get?

Most of the schools usually works with students from all around the world. All students come to India to study and improve their Yoga skills. Yoga school will offer you a full package that will make everything easier for you.

This full package usually include (depending on the school)

  • The 200 hours Course (Normally 4 full Weeks)

Classes: Asana (Hatta / Ashtanga / Vinyasa), Pranayama, Yoga History & Philosophy, Mantra chanting, Ayurveda, Asana Adjustment & Alignment, Meditation, Methodology

  • An official Yoga Alliance TTC Certification
  • Accommodation (single or share room basis)
  • 3 healthy Meals base on a Vegetarian Yogi diet
  • 1 day off and excursion as visiting Ashram, Hiking in Pre Himalayas, Rafting…
  • Books and Material

This will make your stay really easy and will let you enjoy of this experience hundred percent.

Now you just need to prepare your luggage and book a flight.

How to reach Rishikesh?

Delhi is the main international airport where you will probably fly to. And then you can choose any way to go to your final destination. Just keep in mind that transportation in India take a long time due to its roads and traffic so you could check national flight to nearby airports that are really cheap. The schools could also offer a taxi transfer from the airport making it easier once again.


Visa to India

Don’t forget to apply for your visa online in advance (60 days) to be sure there is not any inconvenience. You will not be able to enter  India without a accepted Visa. And there is not possibility to do “Visa on arrival”. The price will be around 80$ for the 60 days visa. If you would like to apply for a longer Visa you can go to the closer Indian Embassy and apply for 6 months or 1 year. Also check that your passport have a validity of at least 6 months.

We can recommend to travel with a Health insurance that cover your stay abroad under any medical issue for your safety.

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