If you have hyperextension in the body, you understand what I am saying when I say this: the body is not automatically conscious of hyperextension. When a person with hyper extension closes his/her eyes, she truly feels her arms, legs, or fingers are straight. But visually, we know this is not true. When she "bends" her elbows, she will probably feel like she is no longer aligned, and will even start shaking because of how much strength it requires. But guess what? That is healthy alignment! It is so easy to give in to the ease of hyperextension, but “bending" to proper alignment can be a huge strengthener of the muscles surrounding the joint, which helps stabilize the “bendy” tendons and ligaments.
Let it be said there’s nothing to be ashamed of! Sometimes it can feel that way in class if a teacher calls it out, but every teacher’s main goal is to bring you into proper alignment. Their goal is to help; never to shame.
What I find most interesting in all things yoga is that oftentimes the $h!t I find coming up in my practice is often a reflection of what is happening in my daily life. Does it feel the same for you?
toxic but, it’s easier to allow than to let go? Is it a coworker, excessive couch time, drinking too much wine (ahem, talking to myself on that one), etc? Is it something deeper… Is it the way you talk to yourself in your mind?
If there is, is there a way you can power through? Can you bend into the strength and the shaking that it will take to remove it from your world?
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Jamie is an American girl residing in Sydney, Australia. Not sure which she loves more: yoga or wine, Jamie created a blog all about both, and everything in between!