I can and I will!
Your will power to do anything is how you do everything. Your will to overcome fear, your will to push your limits, your will to challenge yourself is closely connected with putting your heart in everything you do. Without heart, nothing gets done.
This month's focus is - I can do anything! And...you can! Two posture that make me feel like "I can do anything" is forearm stand and handstand, and for very different reasons.
The forearm stand was quite elusive to me, as a beginner. My brain said, "how is it possible? This does not make sense!" It became my "goal" posture as a way to work towards challenging myself through the unknown; physically and mentally. I had a daily working relationship with balancing on my forearms that left me feeling inspired every single time I fell out of the pose. With every fall, I learned something new. And falling is a part of the practice. When we are falling or failing, we are growing. Forearm stand intrigued me. It inspired me. And it awakened a drive within me to understand it. My handstand relationship was quite different, it made me feel anxious and it scared me. I would avoid handstands at all costs, if I could. Often times hiding behind other students in class in hopes that I would not be called to demo such a balance. Teachers have this innate ability of picking out students that do not want to be called upon during class. With handstands, the mechanics of balancing on the hands leaves a little less room for floor management than the forearms. I had to and still continue to work through my fear of heights and handstand is something I practice because it teaches me how to move through fear.
Today, challenge yourself to live in curiosity on your mat and push your limits to move through your fear. Whether it's learning a new posture, inviting a new lens or outlook, be moved by your attitude that you CAN do anything because you will it! Step outside, toss down your mat, and get upside-down. Fall, fly, and repeat!Read more