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In which we grow through practice not perfection

January 13th, 2014 No Comments

Talking about yoga as a “practice” makes so much sense to me.  First of all, the notion of “practice” is comforting.  After years of going through vinyasa flows of all levels, I still feel like there is space to deepen my understanding of the discipline, the power of my breath, and my intention while doing the work.  Even in the most basic of poses. What it comes down to, for me, is that there is never a point of perfection.  Because it’s a practice, I can accept that.

(If only I could translate that perspective to other areas of my life.)

At the same time, I love that there is so much of yoga I have yet to explore!  For example: the handstand.  I know if I put my mind to it, I can do it.  Just like I did with crow, side crow, and a head stand. I just need 2 things: the physical breakdown of the pose and my fear of falling to subside.  I’ve actually tried it a handful of  times, but I’m scared to death I’m going to break something….silly, I know.

The other day I took Bianca Fearon‘s class at Hot8Yoga in Santa Monica.  She has a gift at breaking down the steps to set up and execute poses.  You’ll see that right away in this video as she explains two ways to begin to learn handstand.  If you’ve been practicing on the wall for a while, you should watch this video.

Her whole YouTube channel is very informative.  

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