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On Wobbling

July 8, 2011

When I did Skype yoga with Franzi, she mentioned something about wobbling.  It was something I’m very familiar with and  I’ve been processing this thought for a very long time — I apologize for the delay — but I wanted to get it right.  I think it’s close.

In yoga poses, I often wobble, especially when first trying.  We all know the feeling — your body can’t just get a grip in whatever position, yoga or otherwise, you may be in.  It can be embarrassing for either the completely-too or completely-not self aware person, especially in class.  But, as your teacher or instructor has probably told you, wobbling is a good thing.

(that’s a Weeble)

More likely than not, it means you’re doing the pose right.  Balancing poses aren’t designed to be easy the first time you do them.  Falling is half the fun!  But physiologically, when you wobble, it means you’re using muscles you haven’t used much before.  So the wobble brings strength.  It’s partially why personal trainers love those bosu disks and physioballs.

As you progress in a pose — as your body stablizes and you can hold the pose more still for longer — you grow strong.  And there’s something peaceful in that thought, isn’t there?  Stillness as strength.  Strength as calm.  I don’t know about you guys but in this do-everything multi-task-your-ass-off world, my mind goes.  Day to day I thought my strength was in my frenzy…well…frenzy is the wrong word.  Activity.  I was defining myself by what I did, not how.  The stillness.  The strength.  It’s all along the process, too — yoga is in the wobbling.

Part of what I love abut yoga and meditation is that it stills the wobble in my head, too.  I am getting more discplined the stiller I get.

(from http://sallysjourney.typepad.com/sallys_journey/2011/05/stillness-eludes-me.html)

So, particularly you beginners — don’t let the wobble intimidate you, discourage you, frighten you.  Embrace the wobble.  It will lead to more strength than you’ll know.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2011 4:11 pm

    What a great post sweets! I am so happy you wrote this one 🙂 I am still really wobbling but now I know its a good thing! You explained it really great.
    I am just downloading an App for Yoga 🙂 It has sequences for beginners till all the way gurus. I am really excited to try this. It talks and says when to inhale & exhale. I will probably write a blog post after trying it a bit. Anyway GREAT post! Love the pictures :)!!!

  2. July 10, 2011 8:54 pm

    Thanks, Franzi!! That app sounds awesome! Tell me how it it 🙂

  3. July 13, 2011 6:27 am

    Even those with advanced practices wobble sometimes. 😉 It’s all good!

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