1 day ago
No fancy clothes. No fancy pose.
While my pose is out of focus, the landscape is perfectly in focus.
There’s so much about this image that’s far from perfect. But I suppose that’s not what the practice is about at all, nor is that what makes this image so beautiful.
Over the past 8years (and I feel like I’m still an infant in yoga), my practice has gone through so many changes and evolutions.
From practicing without self-love, to practicing with it. From practicing with different injuries, needs, and goals, to just dragging myself on the mat when I least want to knowing that’s probably when I can benefit the most... Have I ever told you how I found yoga?
Did you know (I’m not sure if I’ve ever admitted this or not) but I actually came to this practice because I used exercise as a compensatory behavior.
I found yoga at my local gym, so naturally it was a fitness based yoga class. The teachings and language used by the instructor however, were direct quotes from the @abrahamhickspublications —which I have studied for over 10 years now. This is what struck my interest in learning more about yoga.
It was the idea that yoga was MORE than handstands and chaturangas, that helped inspire me to take my first YTT.
No I’ve never been able to hold a handstand in complete control without the wall. No I currently cannot practice lotus position, due to a recent knee injury, and built up tension. No meditation does not come ‘easy’ for me.
Does any of this make me less of a yogi? Absolutely not. My challenge for you —and me—today is to practice letting go of expectations for yourself.
Practice relinquishing this image of perfection. Practice being exactly who you are, exactly where you are.