This is not a race. Nor is it a competition.
I don't need to gauge myself against anyone else, nor compare, nor wonder where I fit into some imaginary shala ranking system. I don't have to be jealous of somebody who can do the things that I can't.
I have the rest of my life to figure this asana stuff out. I don't need to have perfected it all by next week.
An injury needs to be rested, not pushed through and ignored.
Lastly, and most importantly, there is no spiritual benefit to be gained from bending further that the person on the mat next to you.
I know all of this stuff. So why is it so hard to remember sometimes? *Sigh*....yes, I am going through one of those phases. And yes, (surprise surprise), it coincides perfectly with my discussion this morning with our cover teacher that I should stop dropping back while I allow my newly paining SI joint to get better. And how did I hurt it? Oh, through my misadventures with eka pada/dwi pada to get into supta kurmasana, that's how. Hello ego!