A yoga breakthrough

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 … Continue reading

My ice breaker

 

I recently wrote about Toastmasters and how I had taken on my first major role in a meeting as the General Evaluator.

Yesterday I took on another major role: The Ice Breaker.

The Ice Breaker is the first prepared talk to “break the ice.” It’s supposed to be the easiest because it is about the person you know the best, yourself.

Funny thing is everything I talked about I am comfortable telling anyone one on one or in a small group. But standing in front of a crowd of people who are all looking at you and listening to you … well, that’s another story.

I hate the anxiety I feel right before and during public speaking. And I want to find ways to be more comfortable in those situations. That’s why I joined Toastmasters.

Public speaking is considered the greatest fear a person can have, even greater than the fear of death.

Challenging myself to get out of my comfort zone takes a lot of convincing. But I know it is important. Toastmasters is a great venue for this. The support is amazing. And I have to say I ended up with an awesome mentor. He … Continue reading