Arm Balancing and the Art of Taking Flight

“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.” 
― C. JoyBell C.

I just love this quote. I found it a few years ago when I was in the middle of a transition both personally and professionally, and it was a powerful reminder that although I didn’t know the exact outcome of these transitions, I knew I could be strong for myself and could trust in the Universe. How often in life have we been at a precipice with no clear landing in sight and no promise of a smooth trip down? All we know is this is the end of the line: we must jump, open our wings and let the winds of chance carry us!

The yoga asana practice has always been a safe place for me to explore the unfolding of my own wings, a place where I am free to make mistakes mid-flight, but where I am also always encouraged and inspired to get up and try again. I find this to be especially true through the practice of arm balancing.

Arm balances can be quite daunting (when else are we expected to stand on our hands?!) and sometimes we are afraid of the challenge: afraid to fall, afraid to fail, afraid to leave the familiarity of the comfort zone. But by setting a strong connection to the foundation that supports the flight (core, hands, shoulders) and trusting in our own strength, we gain the confidence it takes to fly: that’s when the magic happens and we learn to really be in the moment, riding the winds of Grace. And sometimes we fall down, and sometimes our ego gets bruised, and it can be frustrating, but oh how glorious it is when we free ourselves of our own self-imposed limits and FLY!

Please consider joining me on Saturday, Feb. 18th from 1-3 at Wanderlust Yoga Austin to learn the foundations of arm balances, and bring a new level of challenge, confidence, and playfulness to your practice.

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