Handstand. I got this.
But I haven't got it just yet. What's holding me back?
Well, the wall. But wait, that's what's holding me up! But again, no, what's holding me up are my arms, my hands, my core...
My... Own... Strength.
Strength that I have developed, cultivated, created. My own strength.
So why the wall?
We learn much through our yoga asana practice - through our physical experience of the postures. We learn how we approach a posture, how we hold a posture, how we allow an experience to unfold within ourselves, and through that we learn about how we approach life.
So here we are at my tango with the wall. I've had handstand at the wall for a while - probably close to 2 years. But have I tried handstand without that support? Without the one who holds me up (so I believe), the one who says "I've got your back"?
What does that tell me about myself? Maybe I like feeling that support, maybe that I am afraid to fall (to fail) to take a step (or jump or leap) away from my friend the wall.
Here we are at a New Year, a New Beginning... 2014. It's time to take that leap! And I will start with handstand. I will get away from that wall.
What leap will you take in 2014?
Kristen is the creator of Indieflow Yoga and Yoga For A Cause. She lives and teaches in Denver, Colorado