I saw these candles while I was away on holiday and they reminded me of the beauty to be found in the imperfect. We live in a world where the perfect body and beauty is admired and those who donít quite meet the normal perception of beauty are criticised. Think of those magazines that share close up pictures of the less than perfect women think of those nasty tweets shaming those why don't meet up to society's norm.
I have myself been subject to this as I was born with a hip deformity which meant both my legs were slightly turned inwards. I had surgery to straighten my legs but as the years have passed I have found that the change to my legs (caused by the surgery) means that I walk pushing weight through my knees and ankles in a way that my body was not designed to cope with. The solution was seen as further knee surgery. Now I believe that it is best for me to simply listen to my body and allow it to move in a way that works for me. This is something I have learnt from my yoga practice.
This means that when I practice yoga the traditional/classic pose may not work. The leg position in Gomukhasana (Cow Face) has always been a particular challenge for me but by listening to my body and not pushing it too far or too quickly, in a direction it doesnít want to go, I have found the pose now works really well for me. (You will note I did not shy away from the pose).
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon) is another challenge as I cannot get my front leg to be parallel with the front of the mat. Itís just too much for my hip to cope with. So when I go into the pose I listen to my body in how I place my legs and find that some days I need a little extra support (a block or a blanket).
I donít see this as a problem and over the years I have come to realise that we are all different. I donít want to be normal or average - I just want to be me. I love helping students find poses that work for their bodies.
Thatís what I thought when I looked at these candles They have changed due to the effect of the heat of their flame, which is naturally what happens to candles, and arenít they beautiful for it?
In teaching yoga I love students to share what does and doesnít work for them and to discover together how their body wants them to move. Whether itís the way we were born or things life has thrown at us (children, lifestyle, injury) we can all benefit from yoga providing we listen to our bodies.
We are all different and I believe we should embrace this. Enjoy who and what you are.
Author: Sally Pearce (sallyjaneyoga)