One of the best parts of becoming a yoga teacher is all the amazing things you learn about the human body- physiology and musculature, how our bones fit together, what exactly it looks like when a body breathes. It’s impossible not to be totally amazed by it all, and learning more is totally addictive.
An offshoot is this is that it helps you to relax about the size of your thighs because your heart beats 100,000 times a day (or so) without you ever once asking it to, and it collaborates with your lungs and the laws of physics to keep oxygen moving in and out of your bloodstream all day long. It’s absolutely wonderful. I talk a lot about this in my classes, about thanking our bodies for their incredible capability instead of focusing on our negative feelings toward a particular body part or our inability to get into whatever fancy yoga pose. And if we can accomplish this self-love, it gives us space to give love to others. Like chakras emitting and receiving energy, this will come back to us from the outside, too.
So next time you find yourself frowning into a mirror, turn your attention instead to the marvelous inner workings of your beautiful body, and say thank you.
On an unrelated note, I’m happy to announce that I have a new class at For the Love on Learning (37 Cookstown Road in St. John’s) Thursdays at 4PM starting this week! FTLOL is an awesome organization and a beautiful space and I’m really excited to work with them. And the best thing is that they offer their services free of charge, so this is a great way to get some yoga in if you’re tight on cash. This will be a chill, stretchy class, good for beginners.