30 Mar Bikram yoga is a practice of inches, not miles
Yoga is the sum of a million micro corrections.
Small, quick, deliberate and precise modifications that seem like nothing, but once employed, make a huge difference in your practice.
In final stretching, you touch your ankle bones together to flatten out the soles of your feet.
In wind removing pose, you lower your eyes to your sternum to stretch out your spine.
In triangle pose, you lean your elbow against your knee to align with your shoulders.
In standing bow, you lower the outer hip to get a better stretch in your leg.
In camel pose, you place both hands on your hips to exit with integrity.
Each of these micro corrections are but millimeters of movement. And the moment we’re teachable enough to employ the instructor’s adjustments, we instantly feel the difference in our bodies.
Joints open up, muscles stretch out, postures lock into place, emotions float to the surface, sweat drips onto the floor, we’re sore for the next two days, and then our postures are never the same again.
Who knew such an tiny correction could make a such a massive difference?
It’s a perfect metaphor for life. Because personal growth is often a matter of inches, not miles. It’s about our willingness to make a million micro corrections, getting one percent better each day, trusting that the compound interest will eventually lead to enlightenment, reveling in the journey every step of the way. Even if we slip and fall.
What was the best posture correction your instructor gave you?
Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and workstudy volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.