Yoga can be pretty intimidating at times, especially when you’re just getting started. It’s a practice, which means that you will never completely reach a specific level of “perfection”, and that’s what makes yoga so beautiful and unique. Even if you’ve been practicing yoga for a few years, chances are there are a few poses you always look at and think “hell no, that’s not possible for me.” True, some poses just don’t work with some people’s anatomy, but with the guidance of a good teacher, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try that intimidating pose.
1) It will take you on a journey
If you have a trusty teacher to help you with that difficult pose, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t go ahead and try it. With the help of your teacher, you might find that it isn’t nearly as hard as it looks. If you can’t yet do the pose without their help, they’ll be able to tell you what muscles need strengthening and tell you which exercises or even yoga poses will help you to get there. It’ll be like going on a mini journey, which makes it all the more rewarding once you finally manage it. And rest assured, once you manage it, you’ll find that there’s a lot you can do to improve it, and so the journey continues…
2) It will challenge you in a good way
We can easily fall into a comfort zone when we practice poses that we know well. There’s nothing wrong with doing those simple feel-good poses, but challenging yourself in your practice from time to time will help you to grow and keep things interesting and exciting. The struggle to get into a difficult pose teaches you patience and challenges your body and mind. Also, practicing a pose like Crow will keep your mind 100% in the present moment, because if you don’t focus, you’re bound to fall on your face, opposed to just hanging out in Down Dog.
3) The pose doesn’t actually matter
Let’s be honest, in yoga, it’s not so much about the pose as it is about the process of trying it. Yes, we forget that sometimes, but when you look at it this way, it changes the way you look at difficult poses. It takes away the intimidation and fear of not being “good enough”. Showing up and trying is already enough. Managing the pose is a bonus – it’s not a requirement.
4) What’s the worst thing that could happen?
Sure, you might fall on your face in Crow Pose. You might topple over in Handstand the first hundred or thousand times. So what? You tried, didn’t you? And you might get there eventually. Being scared when you start doing a pose like Crow that requires you to lean forward while your legs are suspended in the air or going upside down in Handstand is totally normal. Everyone is scared when they first try it, but you know what’s absolutely amazing? When you follow through on your decision to overcome that fear and do it anyway. Managing it in your yoga practice might even help you to be less scared of trying scary things in other aspects of your life. We call that a win.
5) It will make you appreciate your body more
Nothing beats that moment you finally manage to lift off the ground in Crow, or manage to finally go upside down in a Handstand. Those are big victories that will make you appreciate your body’s ability and strength even more than before. All the frustration, practice, and let’s be honest, occasional cursing, would have paid off – and there’s no better feeling.
Do you make an effort to try difficult poses? What are your reasons for not giving up? Let us know in the comments.