That moment you are trying to float up into head stand, or handstand, or any other challenging pose where our world is upside down and our feet off the earth, you start to wobble, stop breathing, and panic!….
Fear yeah?… I get it. For years I didn’t even try!
BUT… what if we use fear in our practice to heal???
The moment fear crops up on my mat I pause, find some grounding, and try to notice what’s happening in my physical body, what my mind is thinking, and what my imagined outcome is. In headstand am I afraid of crashing down on my neighbor or wrenching my neck? In handstand will I hurt my back by tipping over without a wall to catch me? I stop breathing or breath shallow and rapid. My mind has already jumped ahead to the outcome of falling and injury yet my body is still safely in place. This ability to respond and anticipate outcomes that may be harmful is so important, yet we must learn to mindfully mitigate our fear response both on the mat and in life… we must learn to become adept at knowing when fear is serving us and when it is not.