Sometimes you have to give up

Posted: October 21, 2011 by writingsprint in My two cents, postaday2011, postaweek2011
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So I’ve been taking an intensive yoga class, and the past couple of classes have been difficult. I’ve only been practicing yoga for a year. I’m 42 years old, male, and about as flexible as a brick. We’re at the point where we’re taking turns leading the class, and there have been times that I’ve just felt lost.

About a week and a half ago I just gave up. I’m not ready to teach yet. Fine! I’ve still learned a lot, and I joined the class to learn about yoga, not to teach it. I told everyone that on the first day. I’ll teach it to the best of my ability during class exercises, and if it’s not as smooth or polished as the others, that’s just how it is.

Tonight, I took my turn teaching , and I just gently walked everyone through how to do the poses. I made a couple of adjustments to different poses, but otherwise, I took my time and kind of mailed it in. I didn’t try to act confident or project my voice to hit the back of the room. Eh. As long as I didn’t injure anyone, I was happy.

Wouldn’t you know, my instructor, and all my classmates, thought it was the best instruction I’d given yet! My jaw dropped open. I even told them straight up what my “technique” had been — giving up — and they all waved it off. They didn’t even care. My instructor said it was confident, patient, and much better than anything I’d done before.

The moral of the story is, sometimes giving up is another way of saying giving yourself a break, and that’s just what you need to improve.

Don't give up

“Don’t Give Up” is from Shattered Infinity‘s photostream at Flickr.

  1. lynnette-net says:

    Hey don’t give up! I’m starting very late for a lot of stuff, but I worked doubly hard and hey, I’m pulling through fine 🙂


  2. writingsprint says:

    How about “I adjusted my expectations”? 🙂

    Today’s exercise in class was to teach the rest of the students for an hour. I did okay. All things considered, I’ve come a long way.

    PS — thank you 🙂


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