At the pace we are going about right now as far as privacy goes, we can look into this novel not just as a work of fiction but as a cautionary tale. How much privacy do we still have now, when we upload all our photos online, where we check in to places we visit, where we log what we eat, where we track how long we sleep, where even our every single footstep is counted? We are so plugged in to the internet and social media that we’ve become people who are motivated by “likes” and “groupthink”. In our desire to conform and win the approval of others, have we lost both our privacy and individuality?
The yoga practice helps us to regain both. In our yoga practice, we don’t have to wait for anyone’s validation. We practice as we are today, and that changes day by day. We learn to honor our own individuality, we modify or take variations as we see fit. For today’s practice, I’d like you to focus on your own internal connection. Let go of the need to look at everyone else in the room. Let go of comparing and being competitive and all that. Let go of this idea that you have to be achieving something else other than what is available today. Let today’s practice be a small act of rebellion— away from Big Brother watching you, away from your own criticisms, away from the desire to fit in to a mold.