Look at a baby or a young child for a few moments and you’ll notice they make all kinds of movements, in all kinds of ways. I watched a video yesterday and thought back to the crazy, wild, wonderful things we did as kids with no thought or consideration about how to move our bodies.
Look at old or aging people and what do you notice? I suspect it would be unsteadiness, stiffness, feet shuffling, bending or moving with great care. For me, the word rigidity comes to mind.
Rigidity – Not able to be bent easily, not easily changed, not willing to change opinions or behavior.
What happened between then and now, new and old? What does the future look like in terms of your body’s ability to get around in the world?
Today I noticed a question on a Facebook site, “If there was one thing you could change about yoga what would it be?”
One of the responses was “Having people talk about flexibility the moment I mention I teach yoga.”
Flexible – able to change or be changed easily according to the situation; able to bend or be bent easily without breaking.
You could also add – the ability to be easily modified, willingness to change or compromise.
People always link yoga with flexibility which can be true. I want you to think of flexibility, however, in a slightly different context than the ‘bendy’ flexible yogi.
You don’t need to have a ‘bendy’ body to do yoga or live your life. (In fact, those who tend to be bendy or hypermobile might best be served in learning to stabilize and strengthen.) However, you DO want to be able to manage the task at hand, whatever that might be for you personally.
You want to have options, multiple ways of navigating rather than narrow lines, restrictions, or rigidity.
How can you do this? How do you go from feeling stuck to feeling flexible in this context?
That you have options in your body, in your life?
Follow along… and we’ll find a way to bridge the gap.
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