Yoga is Practice. This is my mantra right now. My mantra seems to change often, but right here, right now, these three words speak to me.
This is what I tell my students when I ask them to go from a wide legged split into a tripod and maybe a tripod headstand and “float” out of it gracefully. I demonstrate this particular move quite well. I hear some students say, “Woah,” under their breath and others when I come up from the demo look at me like I just gave birth to an alien unicorn. I have to say, getting some recognition for my hard work does feel good. I'm like anyone else, I like a pat on the back here in there, I like my parents to be proud of me, and I like the feeling of reaching my goals. That being said, I had to work friggin hard to get to this point.
When people see me float up into certain poses (I use floating very loosely too as I wobble a bit here and there) know that I have flipped myself over so many times. I have crashed myself against walls, furnitures, even bibles and small children. One memorable time when I was first gaining confidence in my work on headstand, I demonstrated it only I wound up falling...in front of everyone...while leading a class. Yoga sure has a way of making you stay humble.
So, to my students who see me up in handstand and holding out my body to the side and all that....it will come. I promise, but you have to keep consistent. Try not to let your ego get the best of you or fear prevent you from trying.
Practice, practice, practice, and all is coming. *Please read out loud in Indian accent for full effect*