I recently decided to give it a try on my own in the relative safety of my backyard. The soft grass gave me padding if I fell and assured me that I wouldn’t get hurt. The solitude allowed me to shift my focus inside myself. Of course, me being the perfectionist that I am, I had to jump right into it headfirst by flinging my legs into the air. Obviously, this tactic didn't work. I tried a couple more times with the same technique and each time, I failed.
I was getting frustrated with myself because I couldn’t accomplish the pose that many others are able to complete with complete and utter effortlessness. My mother, an RYT-200, then suggested that I do a half headstand first... with breath. I took her professional advice and attempted the pose with this, more yogic, approach.
Only putting my feet up halfway, I began to stay up in the air for longer each time. With guidance from my mother, I gained a little more confidence and kept at it. The next day, I continued to practice over and over and, suddenly, I did it! By engaging my bhandas and controlling my breath, I discovered the core strength necessary to hold both legs up above me.
I realize now that I shouldn’t have allowed myself to become frustrated because headstand is difficult and it was my first time trying it. My plan is to continue practicing this strenuous pose. I understand that my body can do amazing things when I’m feeling confident and I know I can achieve anything if I really try. I've come to the conclusion that frustration is just energy which is much better spent being channeled into dedication and determination.
Blog by Kaitlyn M. Donahue