So I'm taking this anatomy class….
I’m absolutely loving it! I’m learning so so so so much!!
But now I feel like I’m doing and cueing so many postures incorrectly. How have I never really truly thought about the cues I’ve received from the yoga community and broken them down and really thought about how they feel in the body? And if I’m doing those few things that I’ve seen in just five weeks wrong, what else am I doing wrong?
I have become a nitpick monster not just with myself, but with all the bodies and students that I encounter every day. How it is at all possible to teach yoga to a group of people when everyone’s bodies are so varied, beautifully and uniquely different?
Then, I decided. As ALWAYS, it is about balance. Too much of anything, even the best things in the world, will change your taste, your opinion, your outlook, your appreciation, your gratitude, your why of whatever it was that led you to label that “thing” as “best” in the first place.
Too much yoga can create laxity in the joints and muscles and ligaments.
Too much strength training can cause a loss of mobility.
Too much healthy food and you miss the treats in life.
Too many treats and you feel physically bogged down and sluggish.
Too much work and not enough time for you and you’ll lose your sense of self.
Too much me-time and reflection and you can lose a sense of purpose.
The list is infinite.
I reflected on how I even ended up taking a class like this and it’s because I love yoga. I love movement. The body is capable of the most wondrous things. To move and breathe and create something that feels beautiful from the inside out. It may not be perfect and “correct”, but it FEELS amazing, superb, divine.
Is it important to know your body and know how to move optimally? Yes, but it is so we can move and breathe freely for as long as these temporary bodies will allow us to.
Instead of feeling like your body is limiting you, let it set your soul free.
This, my friends, THIS is yoga. Samadhi, nirvana, heavenly bliss, tranquility, light.