a blog by Ellen Davies

“I can’t even touch my toes!”

“I can’t do yoga–I can’t even touch my toes!”

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that line from someone, I would have a lot of nickels.

This seems to be the most common deflecting response when some people hear that I’m a yoga instructor. It’s a response that says to me: Get back with that yoga stuff! Don’t come near me!

It usually comes from someone who has already made up her mind about yoga. She’s already decided that the yoga door is closed, so talk to the hand–can’t touch my toes, move along.

It leaves me with a dilemma. I have to decide quickly if this is a person who may have left the window open for a new idea to come in, because in that case, it is worth my time to gently chide her about how it doesn’t matter. Touching your toes is not a requirement. Waiting until you are flexible enough to begin a yoga practice is like saying you’re too dirty to take a bath. Or like saying you need to learn how to swim before you can take swimming lessons.

Yoga teaches us that you are already whole and perfect, and you don’t need to change anything about yourself in order to practice. You aren’t too stiff, or too fat, or too injured. You’re perfect. 

All you have to do is get on the mat. 

Are you one of those people? Maybe you’ve been giving yoga the side-eye, the same way I was side-eying the pool. (Read about that here.) Are you ready to start a yoga practice? Contact me. Remember, you’re already perfect!



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