hard stuff, kindness, self-talk

Self-instruction through photos

Yikes! I asked my husband to take some photos of me doing yoga, and it was very instructive. I know perfectly well how stiff I am, but I don’t really ever get to see it. I just want to reach right into these photos and push on my body to get it into better alignment!

(Sorry about the dog. I was trying to get photos of us both doing Adho Mukha Svanasana – downward facing dog.)

Straighten your arms.  Lift your sitting bones.  Drop your heels.  Your stance is too narrow.
Straighten your arms. Lift your sitting bones. Drop your heels. Your stance is too narrow.
No effortless effort here! Arms are not straight.  Hip is too high.  Feet aren't stacked.  Cripe.
No effortless effort here! Arms are not straight. Hip is too high. Feet aren't stacked. Cripe.
Ooh, that left hip is too high and tipping forward.  I need a straight line from heel to fingertips, and I don't see it.  Can't I go a little lower?  And that outer edge of my back foot needs to go to the floor.
Ooh, that left hip is too high and tipping forward. I need a straight line from heel to fingertips, and I don't see it. Can't I go a little lower? And that outer edge of my back foot needs to go to the floor.

The last thing I should say in this post is that I could be a little kinder to myself.  If I were teaching I’d never speak to a student this way.  That’s a pretty big piece of self-instruction right there.

2 thoughts on “Self-instruction through photos”

  1. Ooh, I’m glad you wrote that last paragraph. You actually look quite good in all those photos, and if an another instructor were there with you you’d get a little adjustment here, a little pressure there, but gently, gently. All love to you!

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