“You do not have to be good” –Mary Oliver, Wild Geese
Expectations are a killer. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve heard, “I’d be no good at yoga - I can’t touch my toes.” If you already need to be able to touch your toes to begin, then that’s a barrier that many will not be able to cross. Other barriers? To begin, I need to be 100% healthy, calm, thin, poised, superfit, graceful, able-bodied, young, female - can you add more to that list? So often advertising, popular culture, and even yoga publications these days portray yogis as all these things. Not seeing yourself as a yogi is a definite barrier to beginning. So is only seeing yourself fit to begin this yoga journey as some “better” future self, after some serious renovations, like a human This Old House project.