I recently shared this on my Instagram but thought it would be a good idea to share these thoughts here too.
“I suck at Arm Balances.” That has been my story for years and I committed to it. But it’s bullshit. It may not be one of my stronger yoga poses (yet) but I approach arm balances now from a different point of view.
It’s not about my weight, or the length of my arms, or my belly getting in the way - I dropped those stories and approach each arm balance as brand new. While some people may easily come up into Crow the first try, I keep at it, one foot at a time, maybe I’ll hold it for 3 seconds (seen here), and maybe I tip forward (swipe left). Letting go of the excuses after 10+ years is a bigger achievement than coming into a perfect arm balance.
There’s always more fluff we add to our yoga practice that really doesn’t need to be there, right? It can be something simple like “Oh this pose is my favorite! It feels so good!” or “Ugh! I hate this, how much longer do I have to hold it?” Breathing, mindfulness, being present can all come into play once your story begins and your thoughts drift off. When you read a novel, you don’t jump to the end to find out what happens and then go back to the start of the book, you start at the beginning and read through it to the end, taking in each page and yoga is the same way, taking in each pose as you’re in it, not worry about what’s next.