I, most definitely, was not the kid that did gymnastics and I loathed ballet. When I started yoga I could barely reach my toes. Honest.
For me, it was practicing five times a week and feeling so damn good every time I rolled up my mat that kept me going back and that opened me up so quickly so to speak. The gift of longer hamstrings is a bonus.
I think we can get in our own way when it comes to our physical yoga practice. We push, pull, grab and grip in an effort to make the perfect shape or be more like the person next to us (who by the way could have been practicing for ten years) that we can end up feeling more stressed out when we leave the studio.
The goal, for me, is not to be the yogi with the deepest back bends nor the longest standing handstand. It’s to move with more ease both on and off the mat and it’s to ‘struggle’ less. This doesn’t mean I don’t try and passionately pursue headstand nor my goals off the mat, it means I practice being less reactive, more open to feedback and opportunities without attachment.
To create a little more ease in movement, which in turn makes our yoga practice more smooth, fluid and ultimately more relaxing, I’ve created an Art of Transitions Workshop that we’re holding Saturday 29 March. I’ll equip you with some secret yogi ninja secrets and tips for creating skillful movement and ease. Book here.
Remember, athletes, ease is a state of mind. See you on the mat.