I adore Ashtanga. It’s awesome. There is no other yoga style that I would prefer to start my day with.
That said, Ashtanga is freakin’ hard sometimes! It can take years to get a pose. It’s a practice of balancing your frustration with patience and acceptance.
Like most people, I have some poses that really challenge me. Often I laugh and just move on, other days I brood over them, and sometimes I deplore the practice and come up with an excuse about why I can’t “do” that pose.
Some excuses are legit (e.g., my sacrum is feeling a bit off so I need to take it easy today with my forward folds/externally rotated hip poses), but a lot of excuses are just that – excuses! Self-created justifications to not sit with the pain and the struggles, reasons to back out, coddle yourself or give up and act grumpy!
Here are some of my prime (and silliest) excuses:
My butt is too heavy, that’s why I fall backwards in pasasana.
My torso is too long, that’s why I can’t bind when I arch back in supta vajrasana.
My neck is too wobbly, that’s why I won’t fully do setu bhandasana. I’ll tip over!
The tops of my ankles are too tight, that’s why my feet won’t go flat in pursvotanasana.
My right hip needs to pop. I’m sure once it pops that leg will go behind my head.
My shoulder is too bony. It hurts to do parsva-dhanurasana so I will just fake it.
I won’t reach for my ankles today because I think the teacher will drop me.
My crown chakra feels really sensitive. I’ll just skip headstand and do legs-up-the-wall instead.
Yea, ridiculous, I know…. the things we tell ourselves!
So what’s your excuse?
image gracias to my buddy at Ashtanga memes.