This means compassion for others and compassion for yourself: treat yourself in the way you would treat a good friend. Listening deeply is key. It’s important to tune in at the beginning of any yoga session and ask yourself “How am I doing today” and then even more important to listen truthfully to the answer.

We make appointments, have ideas about what we want to do and carefully schedule in that ‘thing’ loaded with expectation (how can we not be disappointed?). What if we decide to simply arrive on our mat and set that intention to move with loving kindness as we would if we were inside our best friend’s body, or our sick friend’s skin… If we chose to behave in a way that is full of self-gratitude and compassion we would have a different relationship with our bodies.

Vinyasa yoga means to flow to connect. The Sanskrit word broken down means: Nyasa denotes “to place” and vi denotes “in a special way.” I love this idea of placing – it sounds so considered, so mindful. If only we spent more time moving so methodically that each moment was given utmost care.

Sometimes when I practice I imagine someone sleeping beneath the mat that you don’t want to wake. It’s a lovely way to focus your attention. What I want you to take from this post is the sense that you can retune your practice; make it more considered, more self-aware. All beings are just like you. Which means you’re important, too.