I set very high expectations for myself in everything I do. Sometimes it's great, other times not so much.
I was super excited to get home from work yesterday because I had an Alo package waiting for me, and I wanted to take some pictures. I was planning on some fun headstand and pincha variations, but I couldn't do any of them to save my life. I like to think I'm decent at inversions, so usually when I see fun variations, I expect myself to be able to do them. But yesterday, nothing was working. And of course when this happens, I get more frustrated with myself each time I try and fail. And for what? To get a picture for Instagram? I love taking photos and sharing them/documenting my progress, but it's not worth getting so worked up over.
I felt like my body was craving a backbend, and after a couple minutes I was into my deepest forearm wheel ever. I could not believe how open my shoulders felt, and how easy my breath was coming - something I usually really struggle with in backbends.
My practice yesterday was a lesson in patience, setting expectations, and going with the flow. Some days, your body doesn't want to cooperate with you no matter how hard you push it. It could just be an off day, or your body could be asking for something else. I thought mine wanted inversions, but instead it wanted backbends.
I'm learning everyday that sometimes it's better to not have such defined expectations for yourself, your practice and that you just need to listen to your body 🙏🏻