A Letter To My Students
Dear In Love with Your Own Reflection Man,
If it was up to me we would cover all the mirrors before class started but unfortunately we’re in a gym and two of the walls are reflecting images of our beautiful bodies back to us. You are in very good shape, I can understand why you would want to stare at yourself for a full hour but maybe yoga class is not the place to do so. When you’re not staring at yourself, you’re watching me. I’d like to make it clear that we will never look the same in a pose. I am a female in my early twenties, you are a man in your mid-thirties, it’s physically impossible.
I’m not sure who normally teaches you or how they structure their classes but in my class I encourage you to pretend the mirrors are not there. Then take it one step farther and pretend you are the only person in the room. Yoga is about a lot of things, but one thing it is certainly not about is making your body look exactly like someone elses. We are all built differently, if we were meant to look the same we would have been built the same.
Next time you’re on your mat I hope you can turn your attention inwards, quiet your mind and insecurities and listen to what your body is telling you. If it feels really awesome to bend your knees in a forward fold then do it! Who cares if someone else can fold forward with straight legs. Trying to look like someone else will put you on the fast track to injury and no one wants to go there.
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