(unrelated to yoga, but Atreyu is the cutest musical kitten!)
I have realized that I must have a bunch of weird "yoga-quirks". You ever have that moment while listening (or reading) to other people's ease with how their bodies have taken to something within a year that you have worked hard at for the past seven years and are far from achieving?
I love yoga, don't get me wrong, I just wish it were easier. Or at least, more natural.
Maybe those other yogis are faking it... it's possible you know.
But then, I've always known that my body was stiff, not very strong and completely "un" flexible. Plus my mind is filled with cynical, anxiety ridden triggers. So all in all I'm not really the "natural" yogini type.
For example, beyond my painful savasana, I also feel extremely nauseous in certain postures. This ever happen to anyone else?
I originally thought, years ago, that this had to do with a "when I get stronger, more flexible, the urge to vomit will go away" type thing. Except it hasn't.
Postures that encourage the tight-vomit feeling include: chair, upward dog, baby cobra and intense side stretch (there are others, although I always forget until I'm in the posture- surprise!). None of these are particularly difficult for me now but they are particularly unpleasant. I'm wondering about whether it has to do with the upper thoracic opening thing... but I have no difficulty with fish, camel or clasping my hands behind my back.
So... I have learned that during my own practice, if I'm feeling extra vomit-y that day I back off on the barftastic postures. Yoga isn't for throwing up people.
The moral of this story? Each person is emotionally and physically different. So, then, should be their yoga practice :) If you have weird yoga moments and wonder- know that you and your yoga uniqueness are not alone! Maybe there's an atypical modification out there waiting inside some open yoga teacher, or maybe your body is happiest without certain yoga asana... and that is perfectly fine.
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