Embracing the differences in our bodies

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ―Confucius

As a yoga practitioner, there is often a perception that I am able to twist and turn in every direction. People will frequently comment “Wow you must be very flexible if you do yoga!” or “OMG can you do a handstand?!” – and I follow with an awkward smile.

Throughout my Yoga journey, I have scuffled with that thought numerous times. I pressured myself to attain these postures and often found myself feeling disappointed when I am unable to accomplish them perfectly. It is only after some time and during my teachers training where I realized that no one’s perfect and we are all different in our own ways. Some of us will have strength and some of us will have flexibility – and both should be celebrated.

Although being able to move effortlessly into a headstand is still a dream for most of us – I am slowly accepting that I do not have a time frame to achieve a certain level of expertise in postures. Our bodies are all different and hence, the lengths and width of our arms and legs vary as well. A posture which may seem easy for some, may require props and adjustments for another. Some may take a month or 2 and others may take a year or so.

There are still times i feel defeated when my peers are able to do some poses at ease while i cant, i make it an active effort to remind myself its okay – i’ll get there, just don’t give up!

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The Leap of Faith

Come try yoga with me” – were the words my mother said to me just about a decade ago; the moment I started this journey that has changed my life in many ways.

I started my practice with the intentions to lose weight. I grew up chubby and got sick of getting called names. It went well until i left home for Uni.

I eventually gotten a job that demanded a lot from me and my stress level shot to the top – causing me to be dull and unhappy. I  needed some change in my life.

I was then introduced to the fitness passes and thought of attending classes again –  I never stopped since. I was reminded again on why I enjoyed this so much back then and I knew I didn’t want to stop practicing anymore.

I always had this impression that you needed to be and ultra-yogi to start a course like this – and because I was never confident, it took me awhile to make this decision. With some encouragement from my mom and friends, I decided to take that leap of faith.

It has been 6 classes since, and although I whine like a baby after almost every class, I don’t regret a single moment I spent learning postures the right way and deepening my knowledge.

I cannot believe it has been almost a decade since the first time i step on my mat. It has been an intermittent journey from then till now – but im so happy I started again. Now, I cannot wait for what’s to come in this journey!