Before starting Yoga, I didn’t realise how little I knew my own body. Sure, in my first class I quickly found out how inflexible I was, but over time I discovered much more than that.
One of the most memorable moments was finding out I had no sensation in my right big toe and was unable to move it. I’d had no idea how long that had been the case, but gradually I connected back to it and can now move it as well as anyone can move a big toe!
I grew up with flat feet (caved arches) and as a result my hips and legs aren’t as they should be. I also have had a hernia just below the left side of my rib cage.
Thanks to Yoga I have a bit of an arch in my feet now, and my hernia is no longer there as I keep the muscle lining strong. I could have gone my whole life not knowing to work with these issues, and who knows what the result of that would have been in the long term.
The most amazing lesson Yoga can teach you is to work with what holds you back. It doesn’t matter if your legs are 4 feet apart or 1 foot apart, if your arms behind your head or on top of it, you are doing the yoga that your body needs, and that’s better than not doing it at all.
Bring Love to your limitations. We all have them.