I’m writing this thinking about several yoga students of mine who perceive the changes that occur as we age as failure. They seem to become angry and frustrated. I can tell by the noises, sighs and aggravated grunts during our asana practice.
But Yoga is an act of loving kindness that we give ourselves. Yoga is compassionate. We can expect more from our bodies because we practice asana, but we should know by now that our bodies change from day-to-day, moment to moment.
A pose that feels good on Monday may feel bound and restricted on Wednesday and exhilarating by Friday.
Resistance – whether it is physical or mental – encourages frustration. “Why can’t I reach the floor?” “How long are we going to hold this?” When we should be releasing into the pose we actually begin to tighten. We thwart our potential and deny ourselves the freedom of full expression. Resistance is an argument we have with ourselves about agendas and expectations and judgement. Instead of resisting, embrace what is.
During your practice, accept change. At the same time, open your body and breath to the idea that anything is possible.