In January, many of us go on a self-improvement kick, and I'm no exception. This year I've challenged myself to kick off the year with 30 days of yoga. As a Language Strategist, one of the things I love about yoga is actually its very specific and deliberate use of language.
Because the thing is, when you're in a forward fold and the instructor says something like "Melt your heart toward your thighs," they're not using hippie-dippie language just for kicks. It's because yoga isn't about forcing any movement—and the way you bend when you're thinking "melt your heart" is very different from how you might move if the instructor said "lean forward as far as you can."
Or when the instructor asks me to plant my feet on the "earth," instead of on my "mat," I feel much more stable, anchored, and connected. And when I'm asked to "imagine making space between every vertebra," I stretch taller in a way that feels gentle and open, not strained.
If you start listening like a savvy communicator, you'll hear that a good teacher chooses their language carefully, because it has a very real effect on your movement—even if it’s on a subconscious level. So maybe another good New Year's Resolution would be to always choose my words with as much care as a yoga instructor does.