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From the Mat… Practice is as Practice Does

By Heidi @missfinn

I often find that when talking about yoga with people who don’t do yoga, they will say things such as – “oh I’m not built for all that pretzel twisting, I can barely touch my toes” or “it’s all too passive for me”. I think that maybe they feel they’re compelled to give me an excuse for being the only person in the world who doesn’t like yoga? Whatever their reason, it did make me think about how there are definitely poses in yoga that have me saying to myself “there is no way that’s happening today, or ever!” But it’s always surprising how quickly strength is built. Certain muscles let me know if they haven’t been used lately, that’s for sure and while one day a certain pose may seem far from my reach, maybe the next day, I’m in the pose as never before. But, I can also tell you that not everyone who practices yoga is flexible nor do you have to be able to bend your body into shapes like a pretzel either! The point I’m trying to make – albeit not very eloquently, is that the more you practice, the more you get out of it. There are poses that I’ve disliked from the first time I tried them, some that have been far too challenging, for various reasons. But, over time, I’ve learned to sit with many of them, no matter how afraid or unsure I’ve felt because I know there’s no point in avoiding it. It’s all in the practice.

By the way, only 1 week till yoga teacher training begins!

love & light xo


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