Why It is Important for “Super” Yogis To Tell Their Stories

“I woke up like this”- Beyonce

It is important for people to know that you didn’t “wake up like that”.  I try not to write from an emotional place but I don’t know any other way to put this. Something that really gets under my skin, is when someone looks at a pose that took me, or someone else for that matter, years of practice to cultivate and say “they are just naturally flexible”  or “their body was made for that”.

“Forgive them, for they know not what they do”-Jesus

When I get irritated about this, I take a breath and let it go because I understand that they were not there on the journey. They did not see the years of effort and practice. What they see is one moment in time in a class, a video or a picture on Instagram.

That is why I love videos like these put out by Kino Macgregor speaking about her struggles with learning poses and the injuries she has had. People need to understand that she and others put in work and that they are human. People need to understand that this is attainable for those who believe enough to put in work. It is not about where you start. It is the journey and your willingness to believe and find a way. Your pose may not look exactly like the picture but you find your own intrinsic beauty and let is shine through.

Shanna Small has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga and studying the Yoga Sutras since 2001. She has studied in Mysore with Sharath Jois and is the Director of AYS Charlotte, a school for traditional Ashtanga in Charlotte NC. She has written for Yoga International and the Ashtanga Dispatch. Go here for more information on AYS Charlotte. For information on workshops, please e-mail shanna@ashtangayogaproject.com.

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