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A yoga breakthrough


Less than 24 hours after learning about “corner” Salamba Sirsasana (Headstand) I am able to invert completely. Corners are hard to come by when you live in the Bay Area. Hope Curt doesn’t come home when I am inverting.

Last night in yoga teacher training class Richard taught us about inversions and teaching beginners inversions.

At one point we practiced Salamba Sirsasana (Headstand) against the wall. (Which is not a beginner pose.)

I prepared myself to go into the pose. But I didn’t invert like most of the class did.

I have been practicing yoga for about six years and have never felt comfortable completely inverting. Frankly, I am scared. Sacred that I am gonna hurt myself, scared that I am gonna topple over, scared that my bum shoulder is gonna give out, scared that I am gonna break my neck.

As we were discussing the pose I told Richard that I did not go up because I am scared. He asked me what I am scared of. I told him pretty much everything in the paragraph above. He asked me if I would be willing to try something and he wouldn’t make me do anything I didn’t want to.

He asked me to go to the corner. I used the corner to support my hands and shoulders. And I almost got up. My fellow students cheered for me. Many told me how close I was. They were proud of me for facing my fear. And at least four others came up to me and thanked me for asking because they are also afraid.

I faced my fear. And I accomplished something more than I ever imagined.

I tried it again today (multiple times) at home and … I completely inverted. (See proof in the picture.)

The feeling is amazing. I am so excited. I feel addicted and obsessed with headstand now.

According to Yoga Journal website, there are so many benefits to headstand: calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression; stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands; strengthens the arms, legs, and spine; strengthens the lungs; tones the abdominal organs; improves digestion; helps relieve the symptoms of menopause; therapeutic for asthma, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis.

Once I feel comfortable with corner headstand I can move to a basic flat wall and eventually with no wall support like this.

Yoga makes you discover and grow. I feel at such a different place with my yoga practice after completely inverting. I am growing and discovering my growth along the way while breaking through my fear.

2 Responses to “A yoga breakthrough”

  1. Brenda :) Says:

    Congrats Ann! That is awesome that you were finally able to invert. I have only taken a few yoga classes in my life and never did any poses like that. I guess I didn’t realize how “scared” someone would be to invert. I can still do handstands (sometimes against the wall) and don’t think twice about the position of my body. Obviously that comes from gymnastics. Gosh sometimes when I think about my gymnastic days, I am in awe of what I used to be able to do and do it with no fear. Just wish I had that “no fear” attitude in other aspects of my life…lol. Congrats and keep it up! 🙂

  2. Ann Says:

    I think about some of the stuff I used to do when I was younger and in gymnastics. I was never a kid who would just do anything. I had fear. I am working toward a hand stand as well. That will take longer to achieve.
    Thanks for cheering me on. 🙂