He is perfectly in tune with his body and does not judge himself because he’s 3 weeks behind the “milestone charts.” He is a perfect yogi.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a yoga class and the teacher will give an instruction that makes me want to burst out laughing. “Yeah, right,” goes the internal dialogue. But internal dialogue is really not helpful in yoga (or in life). It can be very limiting.
I remember a class where we were in one-legged downward dog. The teacher asked us to walk the hands in to either side of the bottom foot and kick the top leg as high as we could. That was pretty challenging. Then she suggested we bring one hand and the other onto the ankle. That did not seem possible. I didn’t budge either hand. “Just try it,” she encouraged, “you never know.”
That never has to stop.
Melissa Mukti Devi Long has been practicing yoga since 1999, and completed her yoga teacher training in 2010 at Kashi Ashram in Sebastian, Florida, under Yoga Master and Guru Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati. She teaches Kali Natha Yoga and Prenatal Yoga in Wellington, Florida where she lives with her husband and son.
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