I have been teaching yoga for years.
I have taught yoga for so long that when it is time to teach a new class or plan an entire month’s worth of classes, I need only to think of which poses I would like everyone to focus on, show up, and lead them to the pose.
This month in the Strong Yoga classes, I decided to revisit Side Crow. ver since I nailed side grow one time, I have been able to move in and out of it easily. It was when it became easy that I stopped doing it on regular basis.
Ever since I nailed Side Crow one time, I have been able to move in and out of it easily. Over time, I just knew I could do it. So, I stopped practicing it.
When I lead our first Strong class of the month, I was surprised to find that I was unable to do Side Crow. My legs kept slipping off of my elbow leaving rug burns on my arms.
I blamed my yoga pants.
While it is true that sometimes your yoga clothes can prevent you from doing a pose easily or successfully, this was just not the case.
I went home and tried again in sweatpants. No luck. I kept trying in a bunch of different pairs of pants, after warming up, going in cold, indoors, and outdoors.
I could not nail the Side Crow. I had lost it. I have lost it.
I have lost it.
Yesterday, I told my students about my struggles, and I informed them that we would all be learning how to do Side Crow from the ground up together this month. Together meaning including me.
I have bruises on my arms and rug burn above my elbows. I have not had yoga battle scars in a long time. It kinda feels good.
Yoga is a practice. It’s always there for you when You want it. But, you can’t just expect everything you worked for to be there for you when you come back to it. It’s your job to keep up with your own progress and to build more progress on top of that.
It’s your job to keep up with your own progress and to build more progress on top of that.
Forward motion. Forward motion.