Hey there lovelies! A couple weeks ago someone asked me what my favorite yoga pose was. I had to think for a second because I like all poses, but I decided to just say crow. They then proceeded to ask me how long I could hold the pose for. I responded with, "Not super long, but that is not really the point of yoga." I continued with, "It is more about how you feel while in the pose that really matters." My favorite affirmation is "I accept." I accept where I am in my practice. I accept my current state of flexibility, and I accept the amount of time I can hold a pose for. However, I know that with time and practice, great things will come...
Affirmations are a great way to enhance positive thinking about yourself, your life, or a specific situation. Affirmations are used a lot in yoga, but can also be taken off the mat and into your daily life as well. Affirmations are meant to liberate the mind, and help manifest change. So last week something incredible happen to me. I finally did a headstand! Now to some I know this may not seem like a huge accomplishment, but it filled me with so much joy I just had to share. I was laying in bed scrolling through my Instagram feed on my yoga account when a thought occurred to me; "Why am I laying here looking at these photos, wishing I could do these poses, when I could be upstairs ACTUALLY doing them?" With a burst of inspired energy I rushed upstairs and decided that I was going to attempt to do a headstand. I googled the best way to get into it (which is what I owe a lot of my success to!), and what do you know? I DID IT. And it felt amazing. I followed the directions, setting my foundation up first, slowly lifting up one leg up then the other, making sure I held for a few breaths, and then again one by one finally extending them both completely straight up.
Now this definitely took me a few tries, but I noticed that I got it right when I took my time, made sure that my foundation and alignment were right, and went up slowly in order to avoid too much momentum. Another secret to my success - I visualized myself following the directions and then actually being in the headstand. The psychology behind visualizations are so much more powerful than people realize!
To be honest, I didn't think I would be able to do a headstand for a long time. I knew that eventually maybe in a few years I could, but I didn't even attempt to do it. I just assumed I wouldn't be able to. My manager would always jokingly ask me if I could do a headstand or a handstand yet and I would just reply with, "Nope, but I eventually will!" Little did I know that my optimism would be so powerful..
Accept where you currently are.
But know that you have the power to change.
"A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes." -Mahatma Gandhi