I was in Meghan R’s yoga class at Prana on Saturday when she used a cue that just about blew my mind. We were in bridge and she cued us to press down through our big toes. So simple. So easy. And yet it opened up a whole new world in that pose. I’ve probably done thousands of bridges by now and this tiny little cue refreshed and remade the pose into something I’ve never experienced before.
The funny thing is is that I’ve probably heard that cue before. But was I ready to integrate it? Was I ready to really “hear” it? Obviously not. Not until that sunny Saturday morning when I connected down to my may through my big toes and felt my entire body drop into alignment in bridge.
This is what keeps me coming back to yoga and back to my mat: the little moments of learning, of pressing through your big toes, of alignment joy and inspiration.
It’s also what keeps me attending classes and not relying on a home practice. I doubt I ever would have discovered the Toe Trick if I was a home practitioner. Perhaps it’s more of a personality trait, but when I practice at home I don’t challenge myself. I choose the poses I like and rush through the ones I don’t. I’m sure there are those who would say it’s because I lack self-discipline (perhaps, especially when there’s chocolate involved) but I think it’s because I’m a people-person. I derive my inspiration from those around me. Attending classes, going to workshops, talking to my students about what works best for them in class … that’s where I get the good stuff. The stuff that makes me a better student and a better teacher.
What about you? Where do you find your inspiration as a yoga student or a teacher? Are you a home practitioner or are class devotee?