Umm yea…today’s home practice via this youtube video was seemingly innocent enough as I scanned through it last night to choose one to use for myself today. It was labeled intermediate 2/3. I kept up with most of it but there were points where I really had no clue how the instructor got into the pose. She seemingly twisted herself inside out and did so with grace and ease. I’m sure if I was just a spectator I would have been awed by the beauty. But as a participant I was dumbfounded by the positions and how to get from point A to B.
At one point she got into one legged crow and I attempted to do the same but am pretty sure I just bruised my tricep along with my ego pretty badly. There is something to be said about having a live class filled with lots of models and an instructor to help align you. Without other students modeling what was to be done, seeing different variations or the energy a live crowd brings, I felt a bit lost today. I also had a hard time hearing what was being called since it was naptime and I didn’t want to blast the volume and wake the baby.
Even though this was challenging in some ways, I learned some new variations of poses and enjoyed seeing where this practice could eventually lead me. That is what pulls me to this practice; the ability lies within us all and it meets you wherever you are. You don’t have to be perfect in every pose- in fact I LOVE that there really is no perfect. There is constantly room for growth and expansion and flowing from one pose to another. This is the essence of yoga and today I was humbled by new asanas (poses) and seeing how far one can reach over time.
Tomorrow should be exciting as I head to the grand opening of The Yoga Shop in West Hartford! 🙂
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