So this isn’t actually about improving a scorpion pose in 4 days, but it is relevant! Bear with lol!
This is the progress I have made in….. ( dum dum duuuuuum !!!) 4 days 🤷🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️🙈😂…. just joking! it’s not at all!… well kinda!! 😂The 2 pics ARE only 4 days apart! & I WAS doing the deepest expression of the pose available to me on that day after a warm up but my body certainly didn’t miraculously change so quickly!
So why so different?
A lot is to do with how I was feeling on that particular day and the circumstances around me! Last Thursday the kids were all around ( that includes my hubby btw who demands the most attention of them all 🤦🏼♀️🤪😂) so my mind and body were being pulled in all directions! I was feeling the stress and overwhelm that day of the chores/ to do list/ money worries in the lead up to Christmas/ lack of sleep/ worry of poorly coughy baby/ plumbing leak/ emails and phone calls to be made… ( to go on any further would get really dull 😂🙈 ) I really needed to move my body to release some of the build up to refresh me enough to be more productive, so I grabbed the first 15 minute time slot I could to get wriggling…
My life is just as rich in the moments of beautiful messiness as it is in the moments of stillness..
My self practice is mostly lead by intuition now and this day I happened to be inspired to go upside down with a heart opener thrown in to get as much fire going as possible and this was what I got!… (” but that’s great !! “, ” I could never do that ” I hear you say?! … Yes it is a good scorpion, I’m more than happy to be in that shape ☺️, this isn’t about the pose I’m doing, yoga certainly isn’t measured by what ‘pose’ someone can do! I am part of my own story and can only use examples of that though, so bear with me lol! )
“When we hold on so tightly to expectations and grow attached to them it sets us up for pain when we can’t reach them, that just drains are energy unnecessarily
The point is that it is not my personal best, it’s about 6 inches off that. I wasn’t expecting much tbh as inversions, especially Scorpion pose, haven’t been included in my practice much recently due to ‘time’ restrictions and risk factors ( ie: my kids in near proximity ready to pounce 🙈😂) so I had no attachment to the outcome, I accepted that I was off what I could do a few months back. I felt good getting to where I did though, especially as Bodhi was circling me like a hyena 😂… there was no way my spine wanted to go any deeper, so I listened, didn’t let the ego try and tempt me into pushing it further to where I knew I was capable of getting and just let it go where it wanted. It was the perfect place for me to go to that day and that short 15 mins, in amongst the chaos, gave me enough power to plough through the rest of the days demands….
If we accept and appreciate the kaleidoscope of possibilities and outcomes available with every changing day then life gets a lot more colourful.
Fast forward 4 days later and Bodhi is having a delicious 2 hour nap, it’s just me, the house is in ( some sort of ) order, my lesson plans for the week are sorted and I allow myself time to really absorb myself in practice. My mind is ‘ In it’ completely, my body has plenty of time to find its way and I can fully observe how every inch of me is feeling. I can breath fully and richly through everything, without having to worry about wiping a snobby nose, monitoring wolf cub wrestles or watching for little hands ready to set me off balance… In that luscious hour of freedom I was able to play, learn some new techniques on how to improve my backbends from the beautiful Talia Sutra via her online course ‘ THE METHOD’ and give my body the time it needed to open up.
2 very different days produced 2 very different results from the same body.
2 very different days contrasted in the way they influenced how I felt and the way I responded emotionally and physically.
Those 2 days were so close to each other, nothing major happened in between ( apart from putting up the Christmas lights, that’s always quite momentous 😉😀) truth is neither day was better than the other. My life is just as rich in the moments of beautiful messiness as it is in the moments of stillness.. they are just different. My practice on the Thursday was of equal value to me than the Tuesday’s practice. The shape I made as a result has no bearing on how both sessions helped replenish my needs for that particular day, or fuelled my personal growth.
Once upon a time, as a dancer, I would have given myself a reeeeallly hard time for ‘losing it’/ ‘taking steps backwards’/ ‘disappointing myself’ if one day I couldn’t do something I expected myself to be able to do. When we hold on so tightly to expectations and grow attached to them it sets us up for pain when we can’t reach them, that just drains are energy unnecessarily. If we accept and appreciate the kaleidoscope of possibilities and outcomes available with every changing day then life gets a lot more colourful. My practice is more commonly the messier version, and even though some days I feel like I’m cruising, (if anything), the days when things do fall into place I get to realise how much I have been growing, in all manor of ways.
Obviously, doing a scorpion pose is not on many people’s wish list 😂🙈that’s just my example for today! But the idea behind it can be applied to anything. A PB time for a runner, a piece of art created, the perfect photo taken, sales targets met, a blog written, a high note belt achieved, a tennis match score, goals scored…. achievement and progress doesn’t have to work in a linear fashion, as long as we’re making the most of what we do have, then we always moving forward in the right direction, the winding diversions offer more interesting views and perspectives ☺️.