My <insert body part> is too <insert adjective>. Butt and big were the two words a student said to me while I was giving her an assist in a supine twist. I just asked her to shift her hips to the side a tad and reminded her to breathe. She sighed a big sigh.
At the end of class, she asks me whether her body was the “right shape” for yoga. I ask her what she’s feeling. She still believes her butt is too big because it doesn’t want to move. So I dig a bit deeper and find that she drives a lot and hunches over a desk. Well geez! You’re probably tight. She goes on to say that maybe it’s just been a long time since she’s done any exercise, etc. Maybe, I say, you’re moving and finding tissues that have been stagnant. You’re doing fine. (Miss “A”, you are really doing fantastic! You exhibit great attention and awareness and best of all you smile during class!) Keep coming and maintain the lightness that your smile brings because that lightness will eventually travel to your not so big butt. You have hips that I would envy but would never get no matter how many boxes of cookies I ate. Maybe that’s what other people envy of me. The bottom line is, we were born this way. Built this way for a reason. Our unique shape defines the border that contains our spirit.
When I practice yoga, I am redefining the borders and risk having body parts (or whatever it is) hang outside the usual borders a bit. When I move past my physical borders that define me, I begin to tap into what really defines me. The true Self is capable of moving beyond mental and physical limitations or beliefs that <insert body part> is too <insert adjective>. True power is self acceptance. Self Love.
BTW, the next time you’re in a yoga class, look around. There are people of all sizes, shapes, and abilities. If you can breathe, you can do yoga.