There are some things, some moves, some positions that a person does and it makes them feel like a superhero. For the L’Oreal ladies it’s the ‘you’re worth it’ hair flick. For me it’s this stretch. It is the stretch I associate with Joss Wheden’s Firefly and Sereneity, the stretch the main character does in all the posters, the one which makes me feel like a complete bad-ass (I’m British, this should be arse).
I know I talk about yoga a lot on this blog but I really didn’t think I would like it as much as I do nor that it would make me feel as confident as it does. It’s not because yoga has changed something tangible in me like my posture (I have always had good posture thanks to the Mothership) but it’s because yoga has given me the knowledge that I can do it.
I can do a Downward Facing Dog and a Cobra and I am finding that that confidence is translating into other aspects of my life. I was terrified of yoga and absolutely sure I would fail and because of that didn’t even try until I damaged my knee. But the fact that I can and that I am starting to enjoy it means there are so many other things out there that I most likely can do, things which have scared me.
And I am scared and anxious about so many things, things which very likely don’t deserve all the time I spend analysing and over-thinking them. Maybe all I need to do is take a few deep breaths, realise and understand that I will survive, and then just do it. I find it so difficult to speak in meetings but if I can practice yoga in Nike Town London and have random passers by stare through the window at my bum then I can express myself in meetings.
And if I fail, I fail. At least I tried. No superhero ever got to where they ended up without trying.
As a side note, how wonderful are these leggings? The latest in a long line of gifts from me to me, these are Nike Zoned Sculpt Training Tights and I have fallen in love with them and their very high, very comfortable waistline.