We've all been there in class.... Worrying if you're doing it right, if everyone is staring at you, if you remembered to turn the oven off....the list is truly endless. The mind chatter can be constant and overwhelming. The goal of Yoga and Meditation is to calm the mind (despite what 'the gram' may have you thinking). Many people believe they have failed or aren't cut out for yoga because these thoughts and ideas still pop into their minds as they practice. The truth is our minds are always working, thoughts can pop up at any moment, our work is in the way we react to our thoughts. If we can picture our thoughts as water flowing down a river. When theres been heavy rainfall the water flows fast and furiously, just like when we are stressed or anxious our minds tend to race. Similarly, when the seasons change and the weather is fine, the water flows down peacefully, just as when we are content and feel at ease with the world, the internal chatter is less frequent and less negative. Life is always going to be a combination of these two scenarios, our work lies in getting out of the water, not allowing the current to drag us with it, but rather to sit on the river bank and observe. Observe the water as we observe our thoughts, without judgement or analysis and with a knowing that 'this too shall pass'.