Every Move Needs A Why

Every Move Needs A Why

I recently experienced what Oprah would call an AHA moment. After years of practicing Forearm Stand, I can now do it (+ hold it in the middle of the room.) It’s not always my best expression–sometimes my balance is wobbly, or I’m uneasy in the upside down. But I always kick up towards it, and more often than not — I get it. So why now — after thousands of attempts– am I able to do Forearm Stand?


I never really wanted to do Forearm Stand before. I didn’t want to risk taking the tumble that so easily could accompany the attempt. Or more precisely, I didn’t want to be the one responsible for that ominous THUMP that crashes down on the silence so frequently practiced in yoga class.

But then something shifted. I began to listen to my body as it got acquainted with the foundation for a strong Forearm Stand, and I stopped listening to my mind spewing out all it’s worries surrounding the pose. I let go of all the stories holding me back… the fear. And simply decided to do it.

Now I need to set the same intention behind my Handstand.

How does your intention effect your action

Elysha Lenkin
Elysha Lenkin helps women express themselves through fashion so they look current, feel confident and stay true to themselves. For over 20 years, she's worked on commercial shoots styling women in all shapes, ages and sizes including Carrie Underwood, Tina Fey and Serena Williams. Now her focus is to make fashion fun and approachable for real women so they show up feeling like superstars in their lives.


  1. sierrajoyy says:

    I completely agree with you. Before I started yoga, I had no idea how enlightened it would make me. I’m so thankful that I stepped onto the mat that first day, and continue to leave what I don’t need right on the mat.

    Please check out my post on living fearlessly and let me know what you think 🙂

  2. nadinehogan says:

    Great job! That’s a hard one – I’m still working on it 🙂

  3. SirenaTales says:

    TT, Thanks for the insight, as always. You remind me of my experience yesterday–and increasingly often-in dance class. Some of the movement is simply not good, i.e. safe, for my “seasoned” (heh) body, so I constantly adapt movement to what I can do. Even if it’s different from what the other 20 folks are doing. I used to try to conform to the precise movement demonstrated, and the fear of being different is still compelling. But now I try to keep my eye on the prize: dancing as much and as long as I can. If that means I stick out like a sore thumb in class, I need to own that. Your wisdom is much appreciated. Xoxo

  4. JennyO says:

    I must say – I really do need to think about that phrase “What is your intention” crow pose escapes me I think because I instantly tell myself I cant. Maybe my intention needs to be more grounded in why do I want to do the pose?

  5. Jenny, I don’t love crow pose. Or any arm balance for that matter–I find them incredibly uncomfortable. I think finding the Why of the pose can be helpful to get grounded, as you said. Think of it as an experiment or investigation — but without any attachment– this is the key. To go for it… no matter what.

  6. Sounds like you are owning the movement, ST, which comes as no surprise. I bet you operate from the WHY on a regular basis — in dance and in life. Thank you for sharing. Your comments really add to my blogging experience. xoxo

  7. Thank you, Nadine. After reading your recent post — it sounds like you’re well on your way.

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