Why Try To Rip Off Your Own Leg?

Flexibility does not increase a yogi’s value.

Tim Ebl
ILLUMINATION-Curated

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Young woman holding yoga mat , arms out, funny look on her face
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To be present, we must surrender to what is and let go.

In relation to the physical practice of yoga, this means releasing the expectations we hold about our bodies and, for a moment, letting go of expectations that exist in the mind.

At the depths of our being, we know our true potential. We bring our concept of life to the mat. We practice the same way we live.

Some of my students felt they would be more valuable the more flexible they were.

These people gaze at others and measure their worth. They are continuously peeking over at the others and gauging their good-ness — as long as they are more flexible than Sue at the back of the class, going to yoga was ‘worth it’.

One student sticks out as I say this.

No matter how many times I gave the direction to soften into the body and relax into the pose, each time she pulled a little harder on her leg to the point I was concerned that she was going to rip it right off her body. I brought the entire class to a different pose to prevent her from achieving her goal.

In the studio, I say I will not be handing out cookies to the most flexible. But I will offer encouragement to the person who is…

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Tim Ebl
ILLUMINATION-Curated

I help busy guys lose the dadbod, get their energy back and feel 20 yrs younger!. tim@simpleprimalfitness.com