This pose has always given me a sense of euphoria , and of flying. This, unlike so many poses, I loved from the start of my yoga journey. This pose makes me feel confident, capable, and ambitious. It gives me the feeling that hard work will have amazing results.
Never in my life did I ever think I would be in a headstand, or any other inversion. I reached classical bound headstand seven months into my yoga journey, blowing my own mind. I take this pose just to enjoy the childhood glee it brings, or when I’m feeling anxious, or I’m looking to feel grounded. This pose brings me calmness and returns me to a sense of myself.
This pose has always been, and still is, a challenge for me. Both physically and mentally this pose brings up resistance for me. I currently need to take a few calming breaths before kicking up into it, searching for the will, searching for the strength. Me and this pose still have a lot of work to do together.
The first six months or so of my yoga journey found me hating this pose. It was hard for my body at first and seemed very unavailable to me. I wobbled a lot and constantly came out of it before grudgingly sliding back into it again. That is no longer the case, and I’ve come to enjoy this pose and the sense of strength and control it gives me.
Just like dancer pose, I’ve always enjoyed this pose. I feel that this pose is a “yoga nemesis” for a lot of yoga-doers, but it’s never been for me. I feel a sense of rush, joy, and excitement every time I push up into it. It makes me feel happy, playful, free, and it gives me a lot of space in my imagination, as well as between my shoulder blades.
I got lazy with my shoulders when this was taken, but when I started my yoga journey I did not have a full bind. My fingertips on each hand merely grazed each other, but over time they got closer and closer…until my hands clasped! A few months later I began being able to ground my back leg and swing up into this pose. It still needs a lot of work, but even just being here is improvement, and this pose gives me a sense of joy and grace whenever I find it.
I did ballet for 13 years, yet I was never able to grab my foot and straighten my legs. 17 months of yoga has given me flexibility and strength I was convinced my body didn’t have in it.
When I first started my yoga journey my fingertips only just touched the ground on a forward fold. Now they can flatten all the way to the Earth, and I can even stand on my hands. Forward folds are one of my very favorite asana practices in yoga. They give me a sense of unloading, like a weight is dropping. Off of my body, off of my mind, off of everything in my entire being. When I take a forward fold, anxiety immediately quiets. Depression starts to lift, the planet starts to feel more aligned.
Yoga is practice. There are so many times I fall out of poses, and it’s okay. In fact, it’s amazing every time. We’ve got to fall and stumble until we get it right. In our yoga practice, just like in life.