Fear is but a state of mind

Fear is something that holds us back. It’s not because we can’t do it’s often that we won’t, due to fear. How often do we catch ourselves chanting “I can’t” or “It’s not possible”

There’s no such word as can’t

The more we tell ourselves no, or we can’t, the more it becomes a reality. I found myself saying this very thing to myself at this mornings flow class. Being fairly new to yoga I still think myself as a novice, not ready to tackle the more challenging postures, where in fact having a dancer background and strong core, I probably could. The thing that holds me back is fear. Fear of falling, fear of not doing it right – fear of failing.

So as we moved into the head stand sequence this morning I found myself staying in the first simple version of the pose, too scared to attempt the next phase. Sure, something like a head stand does require years of practice so I’m not trying to jump the gun, but being too afraid to even attempt lifting one foot at a time in a very real reality I was faced with on my mat this morning.

Calculated risk

So as I left the studio I thought about times where I have been too afraid to take a risk in other parts of my life. Times where I was more scared of the possible outcome, perhaps overanalyzing it, to the extent that I was not able to move forward.

That in mind I then thought of the times I have taken risks, big risks. Scary risks. And 99% of the time they’ve turned out great. Better than expected even.

Start slow – at least it’s a start

Eventually one of these days I’m going to have to take the next step. Starting by trying lift one foot at a time and hopefully eventually achieving the ultimate posture of head stand. Even before attempting to lift a toe, the real first step is to overcome my fear. Luckily I’m closer to the ground than most sol if I do topple over and find myself collapse in a puddle on the floor, at least I don’t have that far to go.

Maybe once I conquer the headstand, I can try overcoming other fears in life, and yoga.

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