…be able to do all of these myself and look just as amazing :) or maybe not, maybe I never will – and that is totally fine too :)
Since my spine injury years ago I’d been anti-yoga for ages, I replaced this and worked with Dr. John Kabat-Zinn’s guided mindfulness and continued to do pilates – both mat work as well as reformer pilates. This combination is excellent and highly recommendable and I still continue to do both. However about a year ago I got into Bikram Yoga through a friend who was pasisonate about it – and Bikram has slowly brought me back around to believing in yoga. Which is why – this weekend we’re on a yoga retreat in the beautiful English seaside!
Due to my chronic spine injury that gives me ongoing sciatica since 7 years I cannot do all postures and some postures I can only do about halfway – I have learnt the hard way that if I push myself any further I will injure myself and be back to zero. My goal in yoga is not to compete with others (first sentence of this post is a half-joking aspiration) but to admire what others can do whilst I compete with myself and my own limitations, to know my own limitations and respect them while I gradually improve with every single time that I practice yoga. I’m very very far from good – but one of the challenges and achievements has been to accept this, embrace this, not allow it to make me resentful and to continue to work with it.