As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.
Today I am thankful for the yoga poses that I hate. Namely chair, any variety of plank, and core work.
This means that I work them into almost all of my classes.
As one of my students mentioned, the poses we want to avoid are the ones we need to do the most.
I am thankful for these poses because they mean that I have pushed my body and have found its limits, even if they’re “just” mental aversions to discomfort. (I put “just” in quote marks because nothing is rarely ever just anything)
These poses mean I have something to work on.
And I think it’s important for me to be open with my students about my own struggles with yoga because makes me more relatable, less intimidating.
My students agree. They’re happy when I’m unable to balance in Tree or Warrior 3. Not necessarily because they like to see me fall. But because they say it makes me one of them.
I think this is an issue in yoga. I think as students we have certain expectations of our teachers that are really unrealistic and kind of unfair to both parties. But that’s another post for another time.
Today I am thankful that I am still a student.
What are you thankful for today?