|Purred: Tue Jun 6, '06 6:25pm PST |
|Oh, yes, I agree totally! It's important to remember that nobody is perfect, and that yoga is very attuned to the fact that all of us bring different things to the mat: different bodies, different backgrounds, different abilities and so on. You are the perfect you, and what you can do at the time is the perfect thing for you. A good instructor will encourage you and help you to the best of your ability, but he or she won't push you.
Recently my human went to a class where the instructor began by reminding everyone to be happy with whatever they accomplished that day. Maybe it would be a new pose, or that they were able to bend just a centimeter more than they could the last time. The most important thing was to get something positive from the practice, and that something is only defined by you!
Also, please remember that every instructor is different. If your mom likes her class and instructor, that's fantastic, but sometimes you have to look around and try a few different ones. For instance, my human has gone to the same place for the same level class and had two very different experiences due to the teachers being different. It's always worth coming back!
And one last thing: my human once had a class with a very nice instructor who was very concerned with alignment and posture. He would be very exacting, but nice. One time he told them to stand and hold one ankle and balance on the other foot. Then he said, "Okay, now reach down and pick up the other foot." A bunch of people tried it. Hee hee hee hee! *rolls on floor, laughing*
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