“If you avoid what scares you, how can you encourage your students to face their fears?”
This past weekend we practiced headstand and forearm balance in yoga teacher training, and the above quote is something I found myself saying over and over both during our asana practice as well as our ethics discussion afterwards. The funny things is that there is something in yoga that I am openly afraid of, have been for quite some time, and don’t practice on a regular basis. Most of my students know what it is, because I mention it from time to time. I haven’t gotten any better at it. It’s handstand in the middle of the room.
This fear isn’t really grounded because I’ve cartwheeled out of it, I can drop into Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Facing Bow/Wheel Pose), and I’ve never gotten hurt. There is still some unexplainable block….and I am lazy.
Leading this yoga teacher training by myself is incredible and incredibly humbling. I don’t know everything. I don’t even know what I don’t know, but I DO know that I have a block that I do not regularly face, and who knows how much that is holding me back? I’ve been teaching handstand at the wall for 5 1/2 years. It’s time to get away from the wall.
Please ask me about this.
By the end of teacher training I will be able to hold handstand in the middle of the room for 5 breaths.
My mother-in-law took the above photo of me at Lumeria on our yoga retreat. It looks like I’m doing it. :)
It is currently hanging above my altar.
Are there any postures (life or yoga) that you are afraid of and don’t even try? If so, let’s do this together! Comment below if this resonates with you!