how the shape of your bones informs your yoga practice

Welcome to Day 20 of our 21 Day Yoga Challenge! I really like this video I created this morning. While it’s not the best shot video, it illustrates why it’s so important to be able to feel your yoga asanas from the inside and make subtle adjustments based on the shape of your own wondrous body.

This is a must-see for yoga teachers and yoga students alike. I’d love to hear your comments.

Namaste,

Suzanne

3 thoughts on “how the shape of your bones informs your yoga practice

  1. That was so inspiring, to hear you have scoliosis too! I hadn’t spotted it.
    I only discovered when I was around 30 that I had scoliosis, and I didn’t fully understand the implications until the last few years. And I only discovered 3 years ago that, as one in 20 people do, I have an extra rib – a unilateral cervical rib. And it was only last year that an osteopath confirmed my hips function ‘excellently’ but are lopsided, so I will never have much external rotation in them and particularly in my left hip.
    For many years when I was younger, I felt that achieving certain yoga poses was just a matter of ‘trying hard enough’. So it was easy to feel inadequate when I couldn’t do things – and it also meant that it didn’t occur to me until just a few years ago (after a quarter century of doing yoga!) that it would be okay for me to train as a teacher. I still had some mental model that I ‘ought’ to be flexible to be a yoga teacher. Whereas I am finding (as several wise yoga teachers I had advised me) that the fact I’ve had to understand and work with my own lopsidedness makes me very aware of the different body types in a class and how to modify poses to make them accessible and beneficial for everyone.
    My most recent ‘mental model’, I’ve realised, is thinking ‘I’m not flexible, but that’s okay’. But now I’m nearing the end of my training I realise I AM flexible in ways I took for granted – for example, it is very easy for me to squat in Malasana or to do Garudasana. Just because of the way I am built.
    This is a fascinating subject and I was so glad to see a full-time experienced teacher like yourself highlighting it.

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