If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Sometimes I see my bones as the structure, or framework of a yoga pose and I build the pose from there. Just like a tall building starts with scaffolding, and then other materials are added to complete it.

In her book, The Not So Big Life, architect Sarah Susanka discusses the importance of remodeling a house by upgrading what is already there (not just knocking out walls, etc.) I’ve been amazed at how a house can feel completely different by adding fresh paint, new light, and well placed art work. The structure (walls, etc. ) remains exactly the same, and yet the space can feel completely transformed.

We can look at “remodeling” our yoga poses. Our basic structure (bones) remains the same, but by paying attention to the shoulder girdle and pelvic girdle, we can find space and freedom that transforms the pose into something that feels vastly different, better aligned and more spacious. We will lift the sternum, broaden the shoulders away from the ears and extend through upper palate. Our bones remain connected to each other in pretty much the same way – no major restructuring, and yet this bit of remodeling, completely shifts the feel and alignment of our poses.

Come to my classes ready to “add a new coat of paint” and shift your way of being in a pose.

See you on the mat!


Kim Metz
RYT 200