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Letting Go of Perfection

Friday, May 11, 2012

A few weeks ago, a friend introduced me to yoga. It was love at first stretch : ) I look forward to my Friday class every single week, and I end every class with a deeper appreciation of my body and spirit.

The thing is, I'm actually pretty terrible at it. My poses are all over the place, I constantly forget to breathe, and the instructor comes over to assist me more frequently than the rest of the more seasoned veterans. Usually, this is the point where I run away in defeat, feeling humiliated that I let other people see me "fail." If I can't be the best, why bother?

Yoga has taught me to embrace my limitations. Sure, I still writhe in pain with every sitting pigeon and topple over during lunges. The point is, I'm trying. And I'm confident that little by little, week by week I am improving, even if I can't see it yet. And whether or not I ever become the queen of downward dog, I can still appreciate the peace of mind that yoga brings to my life. I am learning that I can pat myself on the back not for being the best, but for sticking with something that challenges and inspires me.
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  • SCIPPLEY
    Thanks everyone for your comments on my very first blog post! This community is so welcoming and inspiring!
    3272 days ago
  • ILOVEJIM851991
    I understand completely. My yoga instructor calls what I do Pam's style. So if you seek perfection call it SCIPPLEY's perfection and it will improve. (even though I use the wall for a lot of the balance poses) emoticon
    3285 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Absolutely! I count releasing perfectionism as the single most important step I've taken in this healthy journey. Haven't done yoga in a while...but I think I'll go do some now.
    3286 days ago
  • ALFA_SUNSHINE
    emoticon That's what I'm talking about! Breathing and moving. Anybody who says they are good at yoga (even the masters I get to hang out with when I make it to the yoga center) is just scratching the surface. Namaste emoticon
    3287 days ago
  • GRACED777
    I am not doing yoga, but I too am learning perfectionism doesn't cut it. The reason is that I am not a perfect person. So I will enjoy what I can do and go from there. Enjoy your day, friend!
    3287 days ago
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