|Assisted Peacock Pose|
Our instructor was a young, petite powerhouse with zero body fat and killer guns. Immediately, fear struck me. OH DEAR GOD, HELP!!! She instructed all eight of us to sit in a comfortable seated position and suddenly I wanted to bolt. I was not concentrating on my naval, I was so fixated on the fact that I did not have her killer body and therefore would not be able to do what she instructed. Nonetheless, I was about to take the plunge and perhaps it would be nothing short of an epic failure. I was more concerned about my ego rather than snapping my neck. Every yogi will tell you to check your ego at the door because that's "not what yoga is about". Alright, whatever. We all know we're checking out the competition whether it's in the rule book or not.
The class began and I threw caution to the wind. The people in this class were amazing! And so was I, for at least trying and not letting fear overcome me! No matter what our bodies would allow us to do, we all tried whatever zero-fat chick threw at us. I've included some of the poses she demonstrated and we attempted...well, I attempted.
|Fun with a tri-pod head stand|
|Tri-pod head stand prep|
|Playing around on your head|
|Compass Pose - easier than it looks|
|Fun with partners|
|Extended side crow|
I will be honest and admit I am not able to do them all. If I attempt some of these, I can barely hold the pose for more than a breath. The point of all this craziness? It's a challenge that I took head on, quite literally. I have fallen. We have all fallen. Our instructor admitted her challenges and encouraged us to keep trying. I had a bit of a moment at the end. I was absolutely exhausted, but I kept trying. My shoulders hurt, my arms were shaking and I thought my abs were going to fail for sure. But I kept pushing my limits. What I was able to achieve was a sense of accomplishment.
At 33 years old and after only one year of really committing myself full-time to improving my strength, I completed a master class. I never would have dreamed of not only signing up for this, but paying for it!! I ran a 5K last November and now I get a thrill when it's time to stand on my head...unassisted. Who knew???