It's not what you look at that
matters, it's what you see.
~ Henry David Thoreau
Believe it or not, I was reminded of this very thing at yoga class last night, & it was right before the class had even started!
I had just walked into the studio & unrolled my mat when I noticed the woman next to me doing a little pre-class warm-up on her own. She did a few hamstring stretches & then slid right into the deepest forward fold I’d ever seen in my life - the crown of her head grazed the tops of her feet!
And for the briefest moment, I had this thought flash through my mind:
‘Riva, you’ve been practicing for so many years now, & you’ve never even come close to getting the top of your head near your feet! Maybe you need to practice more!’
Now it’s been a long time since I’ve had such a thought, & so I quickly reminded myself that comparison really serves no purpose - on or off the mat - and that wherever I am in my practice right now is perfect for me. 🙌🏼
And just then, the woman stood upright, & I noticed something else. Her skeletal proportions were so very different from my own - the length of her torso was almost equal to the length of her legs.
And I realized then that I will NEVER, EVER, in this lifetime, be able to achieve such a variation of forward fold. It would be physically impossible for me, regardless of how much I practice or how hard. I’d need to change my entire bone structure to even come close! 🤷🏻♀️
BUT that’s ok, because there is still so much I CAN do! And THAT is really what this practice is all about - reminding us how very much we can do, each in our own distinct way. 🦋
And so I thought to myself “well that was a beautiful forward fold, and now I’m ready to appreciate how wonderful it feels to do one of my own.”
And just like that class began. 💙