The way you move through your yoga practice is a bang-on reflection of the way you move through life. I realized that right at the beginning of my yoga journey. Some of my examples are below. Maybe you might see a reflection of those examples in your own life. The first step to any journey is realizing there needs to be a change. Once you become more aware of the issue that you are facing, the next time it comes up for you, you will be able to deal with it in a saner manner. In a manner that results in positive, fulfilling energy, rather than destitute misery.
In yoga practice, I run from challenging poses, choosing to do the modified versions, consoling myself with the fact that I am ensuring I do not get injured. In life, I run from challenges, by literally running away from confrontations, arguments, discussions, and I console myself by playing the victim card.
In yoga practice, I close my eyes when I am transitioning from one yoga pose to another. In life, I pretend change isn’t happening, by closing my eyes to it, and pretending everything is exactly the same, realizing too late that things have changed, and I haven’t changed with it, having to adjust painfully.
In yoga practice, I sometimes do not listen to what the teacher is telling me, because I am too busy making up stories in my head, spending time thinking over what I have to do, or bringing my ego into it, thinking I know better than the other person. In life, I do the same, not listening to the advice of colleagues, parents, or others. Going through the challenging situations I face thinking I can do it on my own, with the few tools I have, bringing my ego into it and thinking I am better than others.
In yoga practice, I do not take the time to rest even when I am sick, on my period, or need to take a slower practice. I plough through the poses, pushing myself further than I need to, aggravating injury that I know exists, by pushing my body into random patterns, ignoring the signals from my body that it needs to rest. In life, I push myself and feel guilty for sleeping or resting even when my body needs it really badly. I get sick, do not allow my body to get better, get to the worst point possible, before I realize I need to stop and rest.
Do you see similar patterns in your life? There are a hundred ways we lie to ourselves. But your yoga practice if observed impartially can help you figure out how you do things in life. Use the teachings of the yoga practice to moderate your life accordingly.