I have been practicing and teaching yoga for several years. One of the well-intentioned, but incorrect comments I hear most often about yoga, “Oh, I’d love to take yoga once I get into better shape.” Yoga is my passion. I can promise you, it’s available to everyone. When I took my first yoga class, I couldn’t hold Dolphin pose for the length of even one breath. It didn’t matter. It wasn’t about what I could or couldn’t do on the mat. Every class was a lesson about myself – my expectations, my failings, and everything in between. After practicing for a couple of years, I could hold Dolphin pose for a very long time. After a surgical procedure a year ago, I am back to struggling with Dolphin Pose. Once again, I have to let go of where I was and focus on where I am.
Currently for me, yoga is about being in the present moment and accepting myself as as I am. What yoga means to me changes with the passage of time. As does everything. One rule still holds true when engaging in the physical asana practice: do what feels right for your body in the present moment. I am always telling my students – it’s yogi’s choice. Every pose can be modified to meet you where you are. Below, you will see a modification for Downward Facing Dog. If you can’t put pressure on your wrists, or have tight hamstrings, this alternative is great. It’s a great pose for releasing the lower back – one of the areas where we hold most of our tension.
Tonight, I am teaching a Level One Vinyasa class at Provance Chiropractic at 5:30 p.m. Come join us and see how yoga practice can enhance your life. Make the choice to try yoga!