You do not have to be skinny. You do not have to be flexible. You do not have to wear the latest athletic gear nor have any prior experience. What you do need to have is courage. Courage to trust; courage to breathe; courage to believe that you are capable of moving your body in ways never before imagined. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned yogi, there is always room to grow and transform
Courage doesn’t mean not being afraid. It means taking action even though we are afraid. taking an active path versus a passive one. Fear is important: it helps up us listen to our body to push that extra mile or to hold back and give yourself a break. The courage to not care what others think. the courage to dance like no one is watching, the courage to not care if others are watching....
Strong yoga classes may help you to align your perspective with a more courageous one!
Even animals tend to display high-power poses that make them seem big and dangerous when they are threatened. Think of a cobra raising its hood or a gorilla pulling herself up to her full size in the face of an enemy. Low-power poses indicate fear and submission, like a dog cowering when he knows you’re mad at him. Humans do this too: we tend to slump when we are fearful and puff ourselves up when we are feeling confident and in charge. These shapes can affect not only other people’s perception of us, but also our perception of ourselves.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela