Are you constantly running five minutes late to everything you do? When I am teaching a class I find it incredibly disruptive when students arrive late to my class just as I am sure they find it disruptive if I started or ended class not on time. The first five to ten minutes of the practice is for centering and relaxation. Breathing and centering yourself during the craziness of life is so important and this is usually the time I take to discuss the class theme and set the mood for the class. The students that are always late seem to come into the room in a flurry, snap their mat open, and throw their props on the floor and I can just feel the disturbance this creates as it effects everyone in the room. These students are also the ones that seem to skip out early on savasana and no matter how quiet you think you are being while you are packing up your mat, it is essentially stealing everyone's peace.
Our biggest theft is that we are tied up in a culture in which our identity is the ability to check off everything on our to do lists. We brag and boast about our accomplisments. Yet, we aren't even giving ourselves enough time to make it to yoga on time! We figure we have enough time to maybe load the dishwasher before we leave or send off one more email. What would happen if those things maybe didn't get done right at that moment? I know I am guilty of trying to do too much and usually in my trying to do too much I end up stealing time from myself or others. Give yourself time to ponder and rest and reflect and contemplate. Take time to pause. Give yourself more peace.
Let Go of Comparisons
Theodore Roosevelt said "Comparison is the theft of joy." When I first started practicing asana I was would look at the person next to me and compare and then all the "shoulds" would start. One story I would tell myself was "Wow, look at her holding down dog for so long. I should be able to do this too. She is older than me, why are my arms shaking so much in this pose, I should be where she is at." Another thing I would compare myself was when I thought I did a pose better than someone next to me. By making these comparisons, I was stealing from my own peace of mind. I have learned to let go of looking around the room to see what everyone else looks like in their poses and now focus on my own breath and experience of the pose.