As a self-proclaimed reforming perfectionist, this one took me some time to accept and embrace.
Once I did, I made strides in my practice in both Yoga and Pilates. My practice might esthetically look different than most because I allow my body to move with ease and I explore what's accessible for me that day, what tension and load feels challenging without the strain. That means my poses may not be "deep", but I can breathe with ease, feel the connection to the movement and I dont have to "unwind" what I did because I pushed too far. Does that last part sound familiar?
In teaching, I do my best to share these lessons with my students and at times I'm perplexed and awed by how difficult this is for most of us to accept and embrace. It's as if we are caught up in a loop of push/pull, beating our bodies up, saying how good it feels and then spending the other time trying to "stretch" and release what "good" we did.
So, the question is, can you find the value in the ease, and in the ease, find the challenge?
Here's something to explore;
If you find yourself twisting, striving and efforting through your Yoga or Pilates practice, try giving yourself permission to maybe back off the effort by half, grab a prop if you need to create more accessibility and see what happens. You may be pleasantly surprised by what comes up for you.
Share your thoughts, questions or experience with this in the comments, love to hear from you.