PB — Personal Best

A few weeks ago, my yoga class was doing a supported headstand, where you stand on your head and elbows with your feet in the air. A gray-haired lady near me had trouble raising her feet up, which gives everyone trouble. I felt she was close. After class I suggested that she move her elbows closer together, clasping her elbows with her hands to start. I showed her the arm position and the headstand. After the next class, she came to me and said she had just done the headstand. I congratulated her. She had just achieved a personal best (PB)!

When we learn something new, which is all the time, we need to celebrate PBs and the hard work it takes. Some poses are hard, especially poses with balance or flexibility, and I feel I can never do the new pose. But seeing other students do the pose encourages me to keep working at it, and sometimes I eventually get it.

Reaching a PB, such as achieving a new pose or holding it longer or more steady, feels good . Helping another student achieve a PB also feels good. PBs help keep us going. Here’s to enjoying PBs by taking a moment to bask in the warmth they bring.


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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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