This morning during the balancing sequence, our yoga instructor challenged us to try something new. I've heard her talk about pushing our practice, and I really do try to do different things. Close my eyes during tree pose? yes. Wave my arms around? Sure. See if I can wobble my way into a balanced bind? Got this.
One of our instructors from another studio used to say that nothing changes if nothing changes.
Tonight, when I tried to find the origin of that line, there are a lot of people who take responsibility for it, so I'm not sure I can give credit where credit is due. Maybe it's because the line is so important. I'm sharing a screenshot of the different images available with this phrase:
In yoga, I can do the same things the same way week in and week out, but unless I push myself to lean back a little farther, twist a little deeper, stretch a little harder, I stay about the same. Sometimes the changes happen so incrementally that it's hard to know I've made progress, but then I remember there was a time I winced when instructed to do the gorilla pose. There was a time when camel was an impossibility. Oh yeah. I can do those now. I actually liked standing on my hands in gorilla today.
This is so true in learning as well.
Maybe it's true for everything.