For those of you who follow my insta-stories, you might have seen that I went to my favorite Sunday evening yoga class yesterday. The teacher got us into dolphin pose, and then invited us to play with kicking up into a forearm stand.
Forearm stands are usually not my friend. I can pop up into a headstand any time any day, but kicking up into forearm or handstands freak me out. Why? Because there’s a lack of control there. Because I don’t have those poses down, I don’t know what’s going to happen when I kick up. And I don’t like that unknown.
After class, I chatted with the teacher about how I’m finally starting to understand where I need to press into my hands, the alignment of my ribs/back, and where I need to strengthen my shoulders. All of that will help as I continue to work my way up to nailing this pose. And she said, “isn’t it funny how taking on yoga poses is such a metaphor for life?“
I know it’s cheesy, but it’s actually SO TRUE. When we take on anything new, it requires a certain amount of knowledge – what else can I learn about this? Then it requires trial and error – what is working and what isn’t? And then ultimately, it’s about letting go of fear and just going for it.
Knowledge. Patience. Trust.
So this week, I’m trying to apply that mentality to everything I want to tackle. Step by step. Learn what I need to learn. Be patient as I figure it all out. And then finally, trust that I did the work and I can make this happen.
What are you tackling this week?!