There’s a belief that magazines and Instagram hold the secret to Yoga – that Yoga role models are the people in the pretzeliest poses, in the fanciest leggings, and with the prettiest flowing hair.
I’m not the pretzeliest one in my class, my leggings are boring, and as those of you who know me know, flowing hair … what?
And, so a flowing-haired pretzelly poser might not be the best role model for me. And, maybe not for you either.
This is my Yoga role model.
Hi, Mt. Shasta! How are you today?
I’ve come to learn that role models come in all shapes and sizes. And, sometimes a Yoga role model isn’t even a person at all.
Mt. Shasta reminds me of stillness and strength. Mt. Shasta also reminds me that Tadasana, the mountain pose, is more than just standing around waiting for another pose. It is being present, still, and strong. It is its own pose.
When I told a friend that Mt. Shasta was my muse, she got me this tee-shirt …
Sure, I like seeing what pretzelly poses they come up with on Instagram. I don’t discount anyone just because they have fancy leggings and many of them tell beautiful stories and share important Yoga tips. But, I also learn something from everyone who comes to our Yoga classes. So, you, too, are my role models.
So, your homework this week – while Peaceful Hands classes are on break – is to find a few out-of-the-ordinary role models that can inspire your practice and I hope they will nudge you to unroll your mat and see where your Yoga can take you this week.
National Public Radio reported yesterday on a study that found that inactivity today does more than raise the risk of disease, it also reduces the ability to get around at all as we grow older. And, rebounding from prolonged inactivity becomes slower – much, much slower – as we grow older. The story is here.
So, do your Yoga today, so you can do your Yoga tomorrow.
(Fall Session at Peaceful Hands begins Monday, September 11. More details in a couple days … but, first, time to unroll my mat and see what Mt. Shasta inspires in me today.)
Shastafarianly Yours, Jackie
I’d never thought before of something other than another human as being a role model but I rather the idea. In fact, I like it a lot!