When my teacher would ask if we had questions at the end of yoga class, I would often request a demonstration of a posture or a transition that gave me difficulty, thinking there was some sort of magic that would happen if I watched him execute that posture. How many times did I ask to see floating from seated, looking for some sort of glimpse into the magic?
Turns out, there is no magic. Well, maybe there is, but it exists in repeated, prolonged effort, practicing again and again and again. Yes, there is technique to be learned, but there are no shortcuts.
You can watch all of the YouTube videos you want, but be inspired by what you see. Never be intimidated by someone’s ability to do something you wish to do or discouraged by what you are not yet able to do.
The magic happens when you believe that you can do. You work hard and discipline your mind and body, appreciating what you are able to do. You might practice a difficult posture or transition thousands of times, for years and years, but if the “magic” never happens, you have not lost a thing. Rather, you have gained discipline and moved yourself farther along the path.
The true magic is in the patience and persistence that develop with self-discipline.