It’s funny how things come around.
I was talking to a fellow student on the yoga teacher training course and she mentioned that she didn’t mind mirrors in a yoga studio – they help her with alignment. We chatted about people who are very uncomfortable with them. Drawing back to being in the dance studio facing the mirrors ALL THE TIME I told her that the key to making friends with mirrors is not seeing the reflection as you but simply as a body in motion.
Didn’t follow my own advice.
I went to a studio that has mirrors along the back wall. Very easily ignored. Until…. I was settling into warrior II and looked back to check the alignment of my back arm when I suddenly and very accidently saw myself. OOOpps! Who the hell is that fat chick doing yoga? Ugh. Self esteem level = zero.
No more alignment checks.
Throughout the decently challenging class I celebrated my ability to hold plank in any number of variations (on finger tips! One arm! One leg!) and I held some strong side plank variations. I seriously rocked it.
With every self high-five there was the caveat, “even a fat girl can do this.”
The theme of the class was superheroes. I need to be my own.