ANSWER: I remember when I initially began practicing yoga, I just assumed there were certain types of poses I would never be able to do. This list included deep backbends, inversions, and various other poses that are now standard parts of my daily practice. One thing that helped me rethink my perspective was by actually attempting the poses I found to be challenging, instead of obsessing over my inexperience and lack of practice. Instagram yoga challenges helped me make that shift. I quickly realized that by actually attempting the poses I found to be scary and intimidating, I was actually able to make progress toward full expressions of the poses. This kind of personal journey with a pose is an enormous act of self-love- you’re actually giving yourself a chance to succeed at something that scares you. It totally calls back to that childhood fear/excitement of learning to swim or ride a bike. It’s exhilarating to feel the adrenaline rush of trying something new, and it’s even more exciting when you’re able to track your progress and feel your body strengthen over time.
THIS is my goal with the #SizeDoesntMatter Challenge. I want you guys to feel the excitement that comes from realizing that you’re actually much stronger than you ever imagined. Some of that excitement comes from being pushed out of your comfort zone. You should, of course, be very gentle with your body- ESPECIALLY if you’ve just started practicing. But don’t sell yourself short before you’ve given your body the chance to exceed your expectations. You might not be able to bend/stretch your body as far as you “think” you should- please, don’t let this attitude be your guide. Find contentment with whatever expression makes your body feel good- this is the most important task.
I can’t wait to see y’all pose! For information on how to participate in the September #SizeDoesntMatter Instagram Yoga Challenge, Click Here.