Stability Not Flexibility

But, I can’t even touch my toes? I’m not a Bendy Barbie? What if my flow looks different? It’s OK. Everyone’s yoga practice is unique. You do not need to be flexible to come to yoga. You need to be open to increasing your flexibility physically - and also mentally.

One of my teachers recently told me,

“Yoga is not about being able to touch your toes - it’s about what happens on the way down.” (Lisa Frey, Yoga Loft Naples).

This really stuck with me this week - yoga isn’t about being able to touch your toes - thank goodness because most mornings that isn’t likely. Yoga is about finding stability, on and off your mat. It’s about grounding your energy, creating a strong foundation - and from there finding flexibility. 

I connect with what Lisa said because it’s so true...and it doesn’t stop at yoga. This principle can and should be taken off your mat as well. Find stability in your life, find your constants, find your home base, and ground your energy. From this place in your life, you will then be able to find more flexibility in your head space.  Your thought process and the way you look at things will begin to shift. 

One of the things that first drew me to yoga was that every class was different...even if the poses were similar. The way I experienced the class, the way my body moved, my mental shift, my fellow yogis were different every time. The one constant was the blissful feeling I would leave with. This state of bliss and zen after Savasana (final resting pose) kept me coming back for more. I slowly started learning more about yoga and Pranyama (breath work); and the Pranyama became my stability. From my breath I was able to find more flexibility, breathing into the pose, moving with my breath. Finding more length on each inhale, expanding, and letting go with each exhale. I began taking this practice off my mat - breathing and practicing my Pranyama when I was stressed, anxious, or upset. Finding my breath, slowing down, deepening the breath allowed for more flexibility in my life. It allowed me to see things in a new light.

It’s okay if you never touch your toes, it’s what happens on the way down. You do not need to be a Bendy Barbie to step onto your mat, you simply need to breathe. Find your stability, find your grace and from that place of grounding will come flexibility. 

Be sure to check out one of Lisa’s class at Yoga Loft Naples soon! www.yogaloftnaples.com

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Jennifer Khosla

Founder, Lean and Green Body.  Mind Body Wellness Practitioner, Holistic Nutrition Specialist and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher; Jennifer Khosla received her B.S. in Athletic Training from Springfield College. She later went on to study clinical dietetics, holistic nutrition and modalities to heal the body naturally through nutrition and lifestyle.