Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Climbing to the TOP of the tree with yoga...



When you get the courage to climb up to the top of the tree, things sure look different.

I think I had plateaued in my yoga practice for a while because I was afraid to push myself. Of course yoga isn't meant to be forceful and not really about "pushing" oneself, but I think we all have preconceived notions of what our body can and can't do.

Sometimes we tell ourselves that we can't do something, therefore we can't. I was bringing that into my yoga practice.

Yesterday I had skipped yoga since I had such a busy day of Halloween festivities with my girls. After everyone was asleep I decided to spend a few minutes meditating and then to try a few simple poses that I find challenging because of my ultra-tight hamstrings. I told myself I wasn't going to limit myself with my range of motion. I was going to just relax and see what my body wanted to do.

As I relaxed into seated forward bend, I was able to grab lower down on my feet than I ever have before- and wouldn't you know it- finally, in Downward Dog, my heels touched the ground!! FINALLY.

This opens up a new horizon for me in my practice. I see now that that I was putting limitations on myself. If my mind says "no" then my body will follow. Those head-stand and hand-stand poses that I told myself I wouldn't even bother with? Those are next!

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