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Fear and Loathing in Yoga

Ever feel like you avoid or resist an aspect of your practice?  It could be a pose (good grief, do I loathe inversions!), meditation, a truth you've uncovered that may not be pleasant.  I wonder, why we do that?

Most times it lies within a fear.  If its related to postures, fear of falling or hurting yourself, of not being "good" at it.  With meditation, fear of what is underneath all that chatter, of what silence is really like.  And truth, well, sometimes confronting the truth is just plain scary.  But what do we do about it?

Avoid poses?  Maybe, bathroom breaks are good excuses.  Leave class before savasana and meditation?  Hmm...that's like leaving dinner without a bite of dessert.  Keep believing in a lie?  Well, that's just not good for your heart and soul, I don't care what you say.  So what's a yogi to do?  

Find a way to be with it, without judgement, and move through it.  Ask yourself, "How can I be open to this?"  That pose you avoid, ask your teacher to help you find a modification, you'd be surprised how comforting a wall, block or strap can be.  Prep poses and variations can also help you gain the strength and flexibility necessary for the pose.  When in meditation, be curious to find what is under the chatter or use something to focus your mind on (breath, mantra, object).  You just might surprise yourself.  And with an unpleasant truth, try living your truth, find the positive in it and how it just may impact your practice, even your whole life.  

What are you avoiding/resisting in your practice?  How can you open to new possibilities?    


 




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