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.