Yoga is a Practice of Radical Self Acceptance
Coming to the mat as you are is preparation for going out into the world as you are. Yoga practice can bring up feelings of awkwardness, weakness, not being as good in some way as the person on the next mat, and not as far along in our practice as we would like to be.
The true practice of yoga is to witness these thoughts and emotions and let them pass by, rather than being invested in them; to observe who we really are without judgement or expectation.
Witness and Release Negative Thoughts
Most of us have hundreds of negative thoughts about ourselves each and every day. We don't like what we see in the mirror and call ourselves names like idiot without even noticing how we are abusing ourselves.
Yoga is letting go of self criticism and embracing every aspect of your true self, not just tolerating but embracing.
It takes Practice, Patience, and Non-Striving
The journey is not quick or straightforward. It's practicing over and over again; watching our breath, watching our thoughts, discovering our true nature. Breath by breath letting go of who we think we are supposed to be, who we think others think we should be, learning to love and embrace exactly who we are in this moment without judgement and expectation on the mat and in our lives.