I was so excited to get into the splits for the very first time in my life on Sunday that I just had to post that picture then. But now I’ve had a little time to (a) calm down and (b) scroll waaaaaaaaay back on my phone, here is the full #transformationtuesday post for you all. Because this one is a crazy transformation if I do say so myself. Then was taken in Nov 2015 for my very first yoga challenge, and my splits was basically a low lunge. And that was still after 11 months of yoga. Seriously. Now after two more years of practice, here I am. On my ‘good’ side only and with decidedly un-square hips mind you, but those things are for a future transformation post 😂 Scroll across to see the more stops along the way... the pic in the middle is from January of this year. It’s fascinating to me that so much of the difference had come over the past 9 months. My Iyengar teacher used to tell me that hips are the part of the body that take the longest to open up, and of course she was right. So please please please don’t let the frustration of the early days/months/YEARS get you down or dissuade you from consistently showing up to your practice and more importantly for yourself. The harder the journey, the more you will learn along the way.
I have had a bunch of questions since my post on Sunday about how I did this. This answer is with my regular practice. And time, lots and lots of time. Over the past few months hip opening has become a much bigger feature of my practice (lizard and pigeon especially), but not through any explicit decision, just listening to what my body was ready for. I know I could have got to this pose quicker than the 2.5+years it’s taken if I had been focused on it specifically, but I’ve learned that path is not my friend. It is full of injuries and ego and losing what I want my practice to be about. I know I post a lot of these transformation pictures which can make it look like the physical progress is what I am here for. But it’s not, anymore at least. Now I practice to learn about myself and my connection to the world. I practice for my mind, for my soul. To be calm, and steady, and whole. The physical is a just a (truly awesome) bonus 💛