This morning something pretty cool happened.
I was going through the moves of my at-home yoga practice making sure to do all the poses that increase my energy — sun salutations, Surya Namaskara B, warrior 3, and more.Â I purposefully included several jump backs in the sequence….giving my core an extra opportunity to engage.
As I was reaching the end of the series, I knew it was time.Â I was feeling strong.Â A little courageous.Â I had to take a turn at handstand.
But I was going to do it at the wall.
Here’s how it went down (I mean, UP!)
On the first try,Â it happened!Â Legs went straight to the air, body balanced.Â I stayed there for several seconds.
On the second try, I did it again.Â This time with a bit more purpose and confidence.Â It felt so right!
On the third try, I could still do it!Â And it was very controlled with focus.
I was ready to bring it back to the center of the room.
But then I felt something else.
FEAR — I was petrified!
Fortunately I didn’t let it take over.Â I gave it another go, and I got it!
Here are the secrets to my success:
Having my practice include a ton of jump backs was an extremely useful prep for handstand.
By allowing the inner thigh of the lifting leg to lead the pose, I found much more control.
I used to think it was about kicking up with a fury.Â But it’s really just a little lift led by the core and inner thigh.Â It’s actually quite subtle.
Yes,Â I did lose my balance which caused my body to flail wildly to the floor.
But it was okay.Â I was able to catch the fall (sort of).Â Â And most importantly…
I gave it another go.