Yoga! Yoga! Yoga! How I bloody hate you at times 🙂
Okay I actually really like yoga so that first sentence is simply wrong. but yesterday I felt quite deflated during my weekly yoga class. I try to do yoga a couple of times during the week myself and have a class straight after work on a Monday (perfect time). I am still really learning yoga and have always considered myself pretty inflexible – you know one of those people who can’t touch their toes!
I was moaning at the end of the class about would yoga ever stop hurting (I am happy to admit that yesterday was a bit of a moany, grumpy day in the Inelegant Horse Rider house, much better today) . Throughout each class I am generally in discomfort, like all my muscles at constantly asking WHY?? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WHY?? and my wonderful patient and sympathetic yoga teacher gently explained to me that actually many people are as inflexible as me, that to aim to be able to lie myself down over my legs or touch my hands to the floor isn’t a brilliant goal with yoga. Instead she suggested I focus on simply enjoying yoga, I have realised that the couple of times I have really focused on her words ‘Be kind to yourself, take in what you need from your practice’ I have found myself being much more accepting of not being able to do a particular pose or having to take a simpler position even though the previous week I could do it.
This isn’t exactly a new revelation here, I am sure many others have felt these feelings but at a time of the year when we start to look back over the year and forward to the next, start to plan goals and try to keep Christmas stress under control I think those words really come into their own ‘Be kind to yourself’. I haven’t met some of my goals this year but I plan to try and be more understanding about these things, I certainly think trying to remember these words when thinking of my riding would do me the world of good.
Oh and no riding last weekend due to the riding school alternating between frozen solid and rain sodden, ah well those horses need a holiday from me 🙂