I have a lot of Pitta in me which means amongst other things I am goal oriented and competitive. I tend to compete with myself more than anyone else and one of the goals I set for myself for this year was to tackle my fear of inversions in yoga. My goal: to be able to do a handstand or headstand by the end of the year. And yes, doing it against the wall counts.
Aside from one inversion workshop I took a few weeks ago, I haven’t been doing too much to accomplish this goal aside from my usual yoga practice where on occasion we try inversions in class and I inevitably try to go up and come right back down. On Monday, I was in one of my favorite yoga classes and the teacher sent us to the wall to do headstand. I try not to bother him EVERY time we do inversions but I was in the mood to go up so asked him to assist me. As he talked me into the pose, when it came time for me to lift my leg something felt different. My leg felt flexible and he told me how close I was to the wall and to just keep going – and there it was! Then I used my abs, my hands and my arms to lift my other leg up to the wall and there it was! I was doing headstand – against the wall – by myself! And then he convinced me to take first one, then two legs AWAY from the wall and I was doing headstand – away from the wall – by myself!
Words can’t describe how excited I was – and still am. It was a childlike excitement of discovering something new and I had accomplished something. Something I wanted to do and a skill I cultivated all by myself. I am so excited to try again and keep going and going. Like a true Pitta, I now will not give up until my headstand is perfect.
I share this story because whether you are a goal oriented Pitta, a Vata who gets distracted from your goals or a steadfast Kapha who is always focused but can lose your fire – don’t give up. Or as Journey likes to say, “Don’t Stop Believing.” If you had asked me a few years ago if I would ever be able to do a headstand I would have said, “I am not flexible or strong enough to do that.” But I would have been wrong. I can do a headstand. And whatever your goal is, if you keep working towards it, you can do that to.