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Monday, January 7, 2019

An Inversion Breakthrough

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Hello Dear Readers,

How are your new years resolutions going? Have you hit the gym, watched a sunrise, started that habit, made time to practice your craft, drank more water...whatever it is that you desired to do this year? Every day is an new day and an opportunity to make a good choice with how you spend your time and energy. We're a week into the new year and I believe this is going to be a wonderful year.

I am trying to be more patient with myself this year. I get very frustrated with myself when I forget what I'm doing or when I feel like I am moving really slow. I make mistakes and I don't always know the best way to go. I am trying to live a life of full expression, to not be afraid to put myself out there and make a way for myself.

I was thinking of this in my yoga practice this morning. The instructor was very kind and assisted me with my headstand in class today. I was very glad for her help because I am one who has a hard time putting my feet over my head. I've have a theory that whatever fear that keeps my feet planted on the ground is the same fear that keeps me from reaching out and fulfilling my dreams.

I don't want to hold myself back anymore, so I have been breaking down the art of inversions. Instead of swinging my feet over my head, which causes me uncontrollable anxiety, I am building my core and arm muscles to be able to hold my weight. I have been practicing balancing my weight on my hands while my feet are still on the ground, slowly adding weight to them as I practice. It has been a slow increment of improvement as I practice both at home and the studio.

This assisted inversion was a breakthrough. Being stable upside down with the help of my instructor made me feel like I could accomplish anything. I believe it has been the dedication to break down this pose and take the time to build up each part that is making it happen. I still have a lot of practice to do before I can do it on my own, but life is about the journey I am on my way there.

We are all balancing many priorities. Don't forget to make your own mental and physical health a priority this year. Whatever you are working on, I wish you the best. Just keep moving forward and you will find your way.

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