I don’t understand how I can have a breakthrough at literally every class that Gwenivere Lovewell teaches. If you are seriously into yoga, and live in the Boston area, I highly recommend going to Gwen’s classes. She has a great way of making sure that every person in the class is challenged, but also providing the modifications necessary for less experienced practitioners. I witnessed a few other students’ breakthroughs as well.
Don’t get me wrong – I have had breakthroughs at a number of other classes. Even when there is no true “breakthrough”, I attempt to deepen my practice at every class I attend, so I almost always do something better than I did it the day before. Well, except for those days that I just keep falling down. At Gwen’s classes – there is ALWAYS an “oh my god i never thought i would do this in a million years” moment.
Oh hey, I can do this now!
Kidding. I wish I could do this. (Please look closely at this – I didn’t realize how ridiculous it was at first…)
This is probably the major thing that keeps me coming back to yoga on a daily basis. Sure, I love the idea behind it, its calming effect, and the idea that we are all part of something larger than ourselves. However, these aspects of yoga are far less motivating when you are comfortable in your warm bed than the idea that today, you might do something you previously thought was superhuman. Who wouldn’t get out of bed for the chance to feel, if only for a few minutes or hours, like you are so powerful that you can do anything? Admittedly, my threshold of “superhuman” is pretty low, but as I said yesterday, it is all in my perception. If you want to start doing superhuman poses too, just change your perception! See? Everything really is connected…