Are you the type that is always bewailing the state of the world, the increase in taxes, the corruption of government? Or are you grateful that you have the money in your pocket for taxes that pay for running water, functioning sewer systems, decent health care? In essence, is your glass always half empty, or half full?
1. Do you dread coming to the mat?
2. Do you leave class or end your practice thinking "I'm never going to --------[fill in the blank]"?
3. Has practice become another item to check off your To Do list?
Responding "yes" to any of these questions suggests something isn't right. Perhaps it's the teacher, the style that you're practicing, or the sky-high expectations that you set.
The ancient texts are clear. Yoga is "citta vrtti nirodha"- stilling the thoughtwaves of the mind. Not projecting the same self-flagellation onto a new and more spiritual topic. ENJOY your practice! Listen to music if you want. Do Flow Yoga if you want. Enjoy your body! Reflect on the great gifts of physical health and mobility. Isn't that what it's all about?
Don't take yourself so seriously, for God's sake. It's only yoga :)