In a yoga class one morning, my teacher asked me what I’d like my yoga superpower to be. Not exactly the kind of question you expect a yoga teacher to ask, 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.
As soon as the topic came, I started thinking about my answer. 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 my yoga superpower to be the ability to always know the truth.
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 I could 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 I’d like to know the future, but I realized immediately I wouldn’t unless I could change it if I didn’t like what was in store.
Okay, so maybe my yoga superpower could 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 moment.
So, how about the ability to always be present? Well, I’m happy to say my yoga practice has already given me that power a good deal of the time. Perhaps I should go for something more elusive, 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 well! For instance, I would like to be able to get along with everyone without the pain of trying to be someone or something I’m not.
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 my yoga superpower.
That brought me back to the idea of knowing the truth. If I always knew what is true (for certain), I’d have the confidence to keep my heart open and act without fear of rejection or the temptation to be untrue.
Yes, knowing the truth will be my yoga 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 certainty but to still be able to act with faith. The ability to sit with uncertainty allows room for creativity and growth. Yes, that would truly be a superpower, so that’s the one I choose, at least for now.
Maybe some day the universe will see fit to grant me the power of certainty!
Whether I ever actually get a yoga superpower or not, one thing is abundantly clear. Yoga can bring us all closer to many superpowers. And it can work a lot of other magic in our lives as well.
What about you? What would you like your yoga superpower be?