Pose of the Week: Breakthroughs

What you see in the video above is nothing short of a miracle.  I have been working really hard on this pose (and inversions in general) and felt like I wasn’t making progress.  I can teach these poses and my students do them so well but actually doing it is another story completely.  To be fair I have fibromyalgia, endometriosis and recently suffered the scourge of chikungunya.  Getting out of bed is hard.

So today when I stepped on the mat I didn’t expect much.  In addition to the physical challenges I have a host of emotional and mental issues holding me back.  One of the main ones is the tightness in my chest from the grief of the loss of my brother and a bunch of other stuff.  I really needed to be upside down so I set the camera and stepped on my mat.  I was ready to review the video and criticize myself.  But I was pleasantly surprised.

As my legs lifted off the ground I felt my chest open and my gaze was fixed. I breathed and kept going.  I started pulling my left leg forward, and instead of falling like I normally did I was fine.  It felt great.  I wasn’t afraid like I normally am.  I didn’t feel like I was going to break my neck (thanks mom).  I didn’t feel like I was struggling.  I felt like I that moment everything was perfect.

Whatever you’re going through, as impossible as it may seem, keep going! A breakthrough is coming.

Have you experienced any breakthroughs recently?