Thursday, June 16, 2011
Because no 2 yogis are alike!
After my class yesterday, I stayed late to ask a question on a difficult transition that we had practiced, that I have been trying - and failing! - for months (titibasana to bakasana, if anyone wants to offer some tips...). The teacher looked me over and said something to the effect of: "well, I'm not surprised it's difficult, since your legs are so long!" Which is true - my legs are quite long in proportion to the rest of my body.
This led us to the discussion of how, indeed, no 2 yogis are alike. We come in all different shapes and sizes, we are of different genders, ages and attitudes. And so when it comes to yoga, there is only so much you can learn from another person's practice, another person's experience. At the end of the day, you have to figure out what works for YOU.
Yet another reason why it's so important to try and develop our OWN practice - no matter what that practice is, and to understand that teachers are guides, not gods. Whether it's asana, pranayama, yama or niyama, the steps and the answers are different for each and every one of us. In the meantime, I'll keep on kicking back my long legs in hopes that one day they will land where they're meant to!