Photo by Monica Felix @

Make friends with your weaknesses

Photo by Monica Felix @

Photo by Monica Felix @

In hatha yoga, we perform a series of postures in which we balance on one foot at a time.

These poses are long and demanding, calling upon tremendous strength in the core and leg muscles, as well as help develop our concentration and determination.

But the unique advantage of doing postures that require balance is that they bring us up against our limitations in an immediate way. These poses tell us where we need to grow.

For example, my core has always been pretty weak. In the balancing pose dandayamana janushirasana, kicking my leg out and touching head to knee very rarely happens.

But that’s okay. Because the posture helps me make friends with my weakness. It reminds me to suck in my gut and keep the core engaged, that way my back muscles don’t cramp up.

And I’m grateful fro that struggle. It’s what helps me grow.

How are you using weakness is a potent purifier?

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and work study volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.