Back in 4th Grade, when I was just a little ankle biter who had no idea what Yoga was, in fact, hadn’t even heard the term, I learned to do King Cobra pose. I had a classmate who was insanely flexible and she often liked to show off to us peasants. One day she laid down and formed what we know as a Cobra pose and then confidently said “Watch this!” and transitioned shakily into a King Cobra pose that most of us would take months of practice to achieve. Did I mention we were 9 year olds?
Anyway, I was the type of kid that while I had a lot of friends and I was really charismatic, I didn’t have any special talents. So I really wanted to try doing this cool thing my classmate had just done. I saw the way everyone was amazed by it and I wanted to know how it felt to have people “oooh” and “awweee” at me! So when I got home that night, I practiced and practiced and practiced. I wanted my feet to be as far up on my head as possible. I wanted to bend further than she did. I eventually perfected it and for years after that would occasionally whip out my secret talent (flexibility) when the topic of being flexible would arise, but ultimately my life didn’t change because of it.
Fast forward to 2010, my first son is born and I try to do this pose again, just to see if I still had it. Nope. Something about pregnancy really goofed my body up. Fastforward another 5 years and I happen across this pose on a Yoga site. Wait, wait, wait. I do Yoga every damn day and you mean to tell me this often times difficult pose that I cannot do now, is the same one I was doing when I was 9, flawlessly? So I got my butt down on the floor, and I tried it. SUCCESS! I actually did it. Practicing Yoga every day has clearly improved my flexibility in the last 5 years and it was amazing to reach that realization. 5 years and 3 kids later, I can do it again. Never give up.