First of all, that tripod/headstand thing in yoga absolutely kicked my you know what tonight. Sure, put me up against a mirror and I can do a back bend fine. Ask me to stand on my head, now that's a different story for a girl with hardly any upper body strength. BUT, I stuck to my intention of trying out this new activity, telling myself to Keep Calm And Carry On (i.e. those cute motivational posters) as I gritted my teeth, squeezed every single muscle in my body, and tried to refrain from screaming out curses. And you know what? I'm starting to get the hang of this thing. I plan on going to a hot yoga class sometime soon with my brother, which I'm partly excited about, partly nervous about. But I'm determined to keep this up through college and hopefully my adult life, especially with my posture issue; however I just don't enjoy failing at anything. I admit, I get a little upset when I struggle and squirm in a pose and everyone else performs it with ease. Gosh I know what you're thinking, what a stuck-up little perfectionist! (Which I'll be the first to admit, I am). Anyway, as a result, I have a new goal. A goal to Keep Calm And Carry On. I'm sure I'll let you know how it goes :)
Alright, and now to the second part of my post. My yoga instructor tonight told us about a recent New York Times article, titled The Yoga Mogul, about her instructor, John Friend.
"His classes are less about toned abs than about self-expression and enjoyment. ('Adjustments don’t make the poses “right,” for instance, they make them “more beautiful.')"
So here's a link to the full article. Personally, I enjoyed reading it and thought it was pretty insightful, especially since I'm a yoga newbie and all.
Enjoy and namaste.