Often fear stops us from moving forward. The fear of falling, the fear of failing, the fear of succeeding even.
I will never forget the first time I tried a balancing pose similar to this for the first time. I had been teaching Yoga over a decade so far. Still, I had just begun branching out and teaching more in a full-time basis.
I was subbing for another teacher/co-owner of a studio that I worked with. Wanting to be prepared to sub, I attended one of her classes. In her class a pose similar to this was offered.
I was so close. One foot off the ground. Still, the other foot was hanging on tight to stability. The teacher even tried assisting me, helping to lift my other foot off the ground. But, I did not fly then. There was a fear deep inside of me. A fear of failure, a fear of judgments that other people may have towards me.
This fear stopped me from flying during that class. But, when I got home, I had to try again. I had to see if it was my fear or if it was really that I couldn't do it just yet.
With the support of cushy carpet underneath me in case I failed, I attempted the pose. And I succeeded!
Then, I I practiced a few more poses to see if they were available. We often say as teachers "practice and all is coming". It truly is, and this experience brought that into full focus for me.
Shortly after this experience, a friend of mine took some pictures for me to remind me that the fear of failure, the fear of falling can stop me from flying, can stop me from succeeding. I still have to remind myself of this at times.