We are not all built the same. Most of the extremely flexible people you see are born with joints that hyper extend and no amount of stretching or mobility work will get the rest of us there. Similarly most of the people you see who are super strong have a proclivity to be that way because of mechanical advantages giving them good leverage - like long arms and/or short legs. .
As many of you know when I first started one of my teachers told me I had the wrong body-type for Ashtanga. This was straight up the wrong call. I have many advantages like long legs and big feet 😱and a flexible lower back which makes the scorpion easier for me than most. It also helps for postures like leg behind the head. On the other hand it's a disadvantage for most strength moves like jump backs, l-sits etc. Yet, I feel like that has made me stronger because I've had to work so hard on those areas. We all have our fair share of pluses and minuses in all aspects of our physical and mental abilities. .
As practitioners then, it is important to recognise our own strengths and weaknesses and not try to compete or compare ourselves with someone who is built completely different than you. Likewise, as teachers, our role is to identify body types (but be careful not to misjudge) so that we are not trying to fit everyone into the same mould. For example, in a posture like Kapotasana, should the benchmark be grabbing the heels? I don't think so. It is detrimental to force some people into that position. Does this mean that they are inadequate? Hell no! The idea should be to help each individual reach their full expression and potential in any asana and in any area of their lives. This is more beneficial than promising unrealistic ideals, such as, "I did it therefore so can you!" .
We can still celebrate all the different variables of the human body's expression without criticising or being envious of other people's gifts and talents. We all have them, find out what yours are, and express yourself. 🌟🙏