I began hot yoga 51 weeks ago with an ambition to do a perfect Downward Dog within one year.  Tho I don’t believe I’ll accomplish that, I can say that I’m glad I began the effort; that I can still learn yet to refine and improve in Downward Dog; and that I’m pleased with other, …
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Hot Yoga, Week 51: Failure Isn’t That Bad

I began hot yoga 51 weeks ago with an ambition to do a perfect Downward Dog within one year.  Tho I don’t believe I’ll accomplish that, I can say that I’m glad I began the effort; that I can still learn yet to refine and improve in Downward Dog; and that I’m pleased with other, unexpected progress and improvement I have made so far. 

This past week, I did my best ever Forward Seated Pose, and then, just a few days later, I did my new best Forward Seated Pose, and after that class, I did a Hurdler’s Stretch, and wonder of wonders, I touched my forehead to my knee.  Well, I knew that if I could get it there, I could hold it for five or ten breaths, and I made it for ten.  And, I was able to repeat that feat on the other leg as well. 

I was happily impressed with myself.  I may miss nailing a certain goal this year, however, I got myself welcomed onto the next level in something completely different.

I never liked Forward Seated Pose; I didn’t like Hurdler’s Stretch in the gymnasium, I didn’t like Forward Seated Pose in dance classes, I didn’t like it in YMCA yoga or Gyan Yoga or any other place – back when I couldn’t do it.  Now, I have grown to really not mind it so much. 

I guess that’s a decent failure to chalk up for this twelve months at hot yoga.  🙂