Why is it important to challenge ourselves and go where it can be uncomfortable.

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Hi, I just wanted to share some of my thoughts with you….

Whilst on my mat this morning, I realised I tend to do roughly the same postures. Don’t get me wrong, they are very challenging and strong but they are postures I like and enjoy doing and they feel good.

One thing I’ve discovered in life is that you have to keep on growing, you have to keep on challenging yourself, pushing the boundaries; otherwise you’ll never really know what you’re truly capable of. It’s the same on the mat, I must practice the postures that I don’t like, that make me feel uncomfortable and observe who I am in that uncomfortable space and it’s only then that I will see and feel my true potential.

However, growing, changing habits, and challenging your old ways, is scary as you never quite know how it’s going to be received but don’t let that put you off. In fact, it’s essential for your health, wellbeing and self-esteem that you constantly push through the fear of getting it wrong. If you think you’ve nailed it, and then stop then you’re merely stagnating and that is not a healthy place to be so dare to be yourself, and be the best that you can be.

As Nelson Mandela once wrote, “Your playing small does not serve the world.”

Only through exploration, continual challenge, and personal growth will you know what you are capable of.

Do it every day to feel deliciously alive and tap in to your incredible potential.

Go on, don’t be scared, challenge yourself on and off your mat.

You are amazing.




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Satya Yoga was established in London in 2003 by Zena Kidd-May, who taught yoga to private individuals at her London studio for several years.

I was worried about joining a yoga class as I see myself as a tight, stiff person. I had had bad experiences of classes before that were too fast and not well explained and they had left me feeling I’d ‘failed’. Zena’s classes are completely different – they are calm and mindful and each new pose is well explained. We are given the space to work at our own pace and the time to take something personal from each pose. My body is still pretty tight, but I love the yoga classes and at each lesson appreciate what I am able to do with the right encouragement. Zena creates a very productive and calm atmosphere, where I feel I am free to do what works for me without having to be in competition with others.

Catherine Allen

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