What is Your Yoga Superpower?

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????In a recent yoga class, my teacher asked me what I’d like my superpower to be. Not exactly the kind of question you expect to be asked by a yoga teacher, though there was a context to the question (she’d just told us about a little girl who’d come to class with her mom and said she wanted to be a superhero that could sneak around the world and try new foods).

I was already thinking about it. As soon as the topic had come up a few minutes earlier, I thought this was something to write about. What would my yoga superpower be? So many possibilities!

My first thought was that I’d like power to always know truth. But of course it wouldn’t be enough to just know truth; I’d also need the ability to act on it – to act in accordance with the universe so that I could always make the right decisions.

Or maybe I’d like the ability to fix any health problem that arose. That came to mind because making an appointment for my annual physical was on my to-do list that morning.

I briefly thought that I’d like to know the future, but I realized immediately that I wouldn’t – not unless I could change it if I didn’t like what was in store.

Okay, so maybe my superpower would be the ability to control the future. On second thought, I’ve spent enough time trying to do that. It only makes me nuts – and unable to enjoy the present.

So, how about the ability to always be present? Well, I’m happy to say that my yoga practice has already given me that power a good deal of the time. So maybe I should go for something more elusive as my superpower – like the ability to be in pain without suffering. That would cover the need to fix health problems, and it could apply to non-physical pain as week, like the pain that sometimes exists in relationships. I would like to be able to get along with everyone without trying to be someone or something I’m not.

So to get along with everyone, I’d need a very open heart. So maybe a super open heart (as opposed to the openness mere mortals are capable of) could be the superpower I choose.

But this does bring the idea knowing the truth back to mind. If I always knew what is true (for certain), the confidence that knowledge gave me would allow me to keep my heart open and act without fear of rejection or the temptation to be untrue. Yes, knowing the truth will be my superpower.

One problem though: Do I want to know the truth about myself? Well maybe, but only if I like what I know, or at least if I can change what I don’t like. Back to control…

Sometimes there’s no clear answer. And that’s when it came to me: My yoga superpower will be the ability to sit with uncertainty and still have unwavering faith in my ability to make the right choices. It makes things more interesting to not need to have certainty but to still be able to act with faith. It allows room for creative and growth. Yes, that would truly be a superpower, so that’s the one I choose – unless, of course, the universe sees fit to grant me the power of certainty!

Whether I ever actually get a superpower or not, one thing does seem clear. Yoga can bring us all closer to every one of the superpowers I’ve mentioned. And it can work a lot of other magic in our lives as well.

What about you? What would your yoga superpower be?


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Maria Kuzmiak, M.A. is a health and well-being writer with a background in nutrition, psychology and education and a passion for yoga. She has written hundreds of articles, blogs and newsletters for clients in health-related fields, particularly those specializing in yoga, natural medicine, nutrition, and spiritual health and healing. Maria has also worked as a nutritionist, teacher and technical editor. Learn more about her writing at www.wellbeingwriter.net.

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