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#Tbt to 2015.
This picture was taken during my 200 hour yoga teacher training in Naples Florida. I had just learned how to do headstand, and was eager to pop into it every chance I had. I carried this desire with me, where ever I would go, especially outdoors and nature.
I remember when this picture was taken, feeling like I was going to topple over, fear of falling backwards. While I have progressed in this practice, I learned a very valuable lesson this weekend at a workshop with teacher Julie Martin. 🍃
I was both shocked and relieved at the same time....
No more headstands for me! 🍃
Why? The anatomy of my arms and neck simply don’t allow enough space for my head, ever so slightly compressing my vertebrae. (Thank you long giraffe 🦒 neck) I’m so grateful to be learning this now with just a few years under my belt rather than 20 or 30.
The moral of the story? Every BODY is different. Not every asana is for everyone. We are all unique in our make up, body, mind, spirit, anatomical structure. 🍃
If a posture feels really off, and you are in proper alignment, and guided, it might be the case that it’s just not for your body. I encourage you to listen and feel into what is right for you. Please don’t compare yourself to all the images of people in extreme backbends or crazy arm balances. (The ego wants to compare and judge all day long!)These are wonderful things to work towards, but only with deep awareness, and proper instruction. 🍃
I will soon be sharing short practice VIDEOS where I break down certain poses, and offer variations to accommodate every body. Stay tuned for this offering, I’m so excited to share with you!