We've all been there: No matter how hard you push or how many times you practice, you just can't make that one yoga pose happen. While yoga isn't all about the poses, whether it's warrior 3 or a one-armed handstand, not being able to achieve that one tough posture is a frustrating feeling.
While at Adidas' Future/Fit event in Austin, Texas, this past weekend, I caught up with yogi, actress, and all-around empowered woman Adriene Mishler to find out how she stays empowered, her advice for nailing tough poses, and the moment she fell in love with yoga.
LW: What's your advice for nailing that one seemingly impossible yoga pose?
AM: A lot of times people who are really serious about yoga say it's not about the poses, and of course it's about so much more than that. But nailing a pose feels good! So outside of staying aware of safety, being mindful, and practicing, I'd say to remember to have fun. The times I've gone up into a handstand effortlessly, those are the times when I'm having fun. When I'm in a studio furrowing my brow and feeling stressed out and the teacher invites us to do handstands, I can't get up. Remember to keep it playful and remember to have fun. If we're committed to a playful energy about it, you're going to go upside down more.
LW: Tell me about the moment you fell in love with yoga.
AM: I remember being 17 years old and doing my first teacher training. There was only one teacher training here in Austin at the time, and there was all this pressure to find a mentor. I was prime development age and I was desperately trying to find my guru for an hour. Then one day, I heard this woman reading the poem "The Guest House" by Rumi. There's this point in the poem where the gist of it is that whatever comes, you should say yes. That was the moment when I realized yoga was it for me. It felt good. And from then on, I decided that whatever comes to my door—joy, pain, beautiful, ugly—I would welcome it with open arms. After that, I asked that teacher if she would be my mentor and she said yes.