FAQ: Have You Always Been So Flexible?
I did ballet from ages three to six. I feel like I wasn’t at all flexible, talented or coordinated at that age, but I did enjoy the pretty concert costumes we got to wear!
As I've talked about in a previous frequently asked questions blog, from age six to twelve, I did gymnastics. I started at the lowest level and soon progressed into competitive, elite groups, teams and comps. I suffered a LOT of anxiety around certain skills (especially anything backwards!) because of injuries I had originally sustained from falling during a backwards trick. Then I started regularly freaking out mid-flip and the stress and negative aura surrounding gymnastics soon became overwhelming and I no longer found the sport enjoyable.
I left gymnastics and started cheerleading soon after. I missed moving my body in odd ways and loved knowing I was capable of manoeuvring my body in that way. I did cheerleading up until I turned 18 and moved interstate to further my education. We had been very successful on the competition front nationally and had even been to the World Championships in America, so changing clubs/teams didn’t seem like a suitable option (I would have felt like I was being disloyal).
I was never what I would class as incredibly flexible throughout my gymnastics or cheerleading days. I could do the splits and a few general things, but nothing overly bendy. However, I was always pretty good at anything upside-down or on my hands — my mum used to have to remind me to walk on my feet rather than my hands while we were out (even when I was as old as 13).
When I stopped cheerleading I found myself missing the flexibility and stretching, so I began stretching just around the house every now and then. Stretching brings me a sense of peace and calm so I actually found it therapeutic. And yoga eventually happened from that! I would find images of people doing crazy things, and would be curious whether or not I could contort my own body in a similar way. If I could, I’d find another goal, and if I couldn’t I would slowly work towards it!
I feel that, yoga is to the mind, what soap is to the body.
The majority of my flexibility has been gained in the last few years, simply by practice and persistence! I say this often, but here’s a little friendly reminder;
Practice doesn’t make perfect. But it does make progress.
Love and light,
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