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Yoga and performance

Sometimes you'll never set foot in a yoga class again because when you go, you're worried that you won't be able to live up to the poses performed by the teacher, or because you're anticipating an empty feeling of heaviness and weight. Other times, you go anyway, but you wonder if you deserve it, why you're forcing yourself to do it. At other times, you're actively seeking out the spirit of competition, of performance, of forcing your body, pushing it, bending it to your will and that of the group and the teacher. Is this yoga?

Yes and no.

Yes, because to ask these questions is to be on the path to self-knowledge, the path to intuition, to inner guidance. And guidance is key.

Yes also because everything is Yoga, life is Yoga, whatever form it takes. The essence of everything is a truth in every moment, in every perception.


No, because yoga is about interiorisation, meditation, contemplation, observation and inner stability. There are a variety of approaches and teachers with their own approach. Haha. Don't be discouraged. Many students who have been put off postural practice by the sporty, performance-oriented aspect are relieved to discover guided sessions in meditation, pedagogy, gentleness and kindness like the one I offer. It can be found!

Marie Mazeau professeure de Yoga Paris Lifexploratrice douceur méditation

Marie Mazeau, Lifexploratrice, certified full-time Yoga teacher in Paris, specialising in gentle, joyful, educational and meditative sessions online, for individuals, associations, companies and studios.



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