"But I have no upper body strength!" is a line I hear DAILY in my yoga classes. It amazes me how many people keep talking to themselves like this! Have you said something like this to yourself before? I know I have! My dialogue usually goes something like this...
"I'm not flexible so why the hell am I going to even ATTEMPT this crazy ass posture?"
"I'm SO tired there is no way I can possibly must another low lunge twist..."
"My Dad just died...OF COURSE I can't focus on my breath-I can't possibly slow my mind down."
I teach many classes a day and I see various bodies of all shapes, sizes, abilities, disabilities, etc. One common thing I see is students giving over to their self imposed limitations. As soon as I START a crow practice there are many students who just plop down seated in defeat. Now of course if you have an injury or a legitimate medical reason not to do something then by all means DON'T DO IT. I'm talking about seeing students who I KNOW could try STEP 1. STEP 1. That's all we need to start is to start at STEP 1. You don't have to get into the full asana....but maybe try step one! And WHY do we not try step 1? It's two fold....
OUR NEGATIVE SELF TALK and OUR EGO'S DESIRE TO PROTECT ITSELF FROM "FAILURE"
So the negative self talk slows us down...we think we can't for one reason or another. I can't meditate because my mind is so busy and I deserve to keep that busy mind because my Dad died. And the ego goes crazy saying "you're never going to be able to take 30 minutes to meditate without a single thought about your dad...don't let yourself fail...so just don't do it."
HA! I'm encouraging us all to give up the idea that failure is BAD! It's not! We are programmed to think it is...but it's HEALTHY. FAILURE is NORMAL. FAILURE is NECESSARY. If we FALL from crow then we fall...we come back and we try again. One day we won't fall. But if we don't allow ourselves to fail then we will move out of the flow of life. Right now as we move into a new season it's more important than ever to keep moving forward, to take those risks. We tend to drop off from our goals as we near the end of the year. We think perhaps we'll just start anew on January 1st. Let's join together and just allow ourselves the space to fail. Our practice is that place where we can do that, we can learn from it.
So stop saying you don't have enough upper body strength....your holding yourself up and using your entire body in downward facing dog...you have body strength. It is enough. It is sufficient. And so are you!
Join me this week on the mat as we continue to move out the old stuff and get the body moving through a soulful vinyasa. Our yin this week we'll focus on the SHOULDERS and LEGS which are REALLLLLLLLY vulnerable right now as we hit this new season.
Namaste yogis! Be willing to fail, it's ok!