Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Invert your perspective (Adho Mukha Vrksasana)

Originally uploaded by stenji.
So last night in yoga class, I was asked to demo a handstand prep. (Don't even think of calling me teacher's pet.) This I could do, but I remembered the first time I attempted this move at Sun and Moon years ago, it freaked me out to the point of tears.

Skip forward a few years, and here I am in front of a whole class of adults, when my teacher asks me to try a full-fledged handstand, with her assistance. She shows me how to kick my legs straight up and helps me hoist my legs over my head, when I freak and tell her to move out of the way, cuz I'm about to crash down. Of course, I'm frustrated with myself and my eyes well up a little. I'm embarrassed, but not exceedingly so...I've worn my heart on my sleeve in this class for a while now. Perhaps my fellow students expect this kind of emotional sharing from me, or perhaps I'm just tapping into the collective unconscious vibe of "no way am I turning myself upside down."

So what is it about inverting my perspective that jolts me like that? My teacher told me to practice by visualizing myself in Adho Mukha Vrksasana (literally tranlated to "Downward Facing Tree Pose") and to open myself to the possibility. That's the yogic way. Okay. Visualizing myself upside down. That I can do, I thought....but actually, now that I've tried it, even that seems a bit unnerving. Looks like I've got some homework. I'm glad I got the tears and frustration out of the way, because I think it's good to shift your perspective and look at the world in new ways.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

I got the job!!!!

Here's to March, indeed!
I am very excited but mostly grateful to all my friends and colleagues whose support and love gave me the momentum I needed to achieve this goal. THANK YOU!

And I'm sending a special thank you to B for seeing me through the joys and angst during this quest. I have a good feeling about our ability to collaborate on yet another level!