You can't tell from this photo but this was hard for me. I was working, core engaged to support my low back, inner thighs squeezing together for stability, foot actively pushing into my hand. I felt so expansive and much more arched then I looked. When I saw the pic, I was disappointed and frustrated.
I almost didn't post this because ego told me that I should be more flexible, more arched, just 'more' because I'm a yoga teacher. But that's thing. Ego is always telling us that we should be more, or just that we 'should be' something other than what we are. This gets compounded when we are bombarded with pictures of perfect and seemingly effortless yogis online. But the thing is that we don't know the story behind that frame and person. How much work went into it or not.
In marketing myself as a yoga teacher, I struggle to find the balance between inspiration and accessibility for myself and my students. I also find that I learn a lot about areas I can work on in my physical practice through photographs and videos, but I also lose a little of the internal experience of practice when seeing my external form mirrored back at me. Which, doesn't that defeat the purpose? The feeling is what is important, the direct experience. Not some two dimensional image. Ego says 'should' but body says 'feel'.
When I remember how I felt in this pose, strong and in my body, I see myself in this photo as strong and centered. I become proud of myself because when I started my practice I was all over the place, and this was most definitely correlated with my psychological, energetic, spiritual state of being. Hyper flexible in my back and no core strength. I probably would have been more arched and maybe that would've photographed better but I wouldn't have been grounded or safe.
Remember that where you are and who are is enough. Remember that feeling and direct experience is the Truth, your Truth.