In honor of Halloween this month, we’re challenging yogis to “do what scares you!” Practice your scariest yoga pose. Leave your cell phone off all day. Take that trip you have always dreamt of, but were afraid to. Conquer your fears and open up to the world!
Here are 5 Reasons to Do What Scares You:
- Empowerment: Doing what scares you both requires and builds courage. It is the means and the outcome. Develop inner strength and confidence by going head on with fear.
- Growth: Often what frightens us limits the range of our experiences and even stunts personal growth. Trying new things widens our worldview. Doing something unfamiliar literally grows the brain, which develops fresh neural pathways when exposed to something new.
- Tone the Nervous System: O.K. We all know yoga tones the bum, but did you know it also tones the nervous system? It may not be as noticeable in yoga pants, but practicing a pose that scares us is a training ground for maintaining calm in challenging situations.
- Learn about yourself: We yogis call this svadhyaya or self-study. Instead of focusing on “what” is frightening, try asking “why”. Often what we are really afraid of is much deeper than the outward expression. For example, a fear of inversions may really be a fear of letting go of control.
- You Must Go Through It to Get Over It: There are no detours or shortcuts when it comes to fear. Start with baby steps and work compassionately. For example, if you’re afraid of arm balances, rather than jumping right into an advanced variation like flying pigeon, get comfortable the blueprint version, crow (bakasana). Play with a “crash pad” (pile of blankets or bolster) and make it fun so that you get familiar with falling and build up resilience over time.
We want to see you doing what yoga poses scare you! Get creative! Share a picture on Instagram of you in your scariest pose and tag @yogaworks @myyogaworks @sarahezrinyoga #dowhatscaresyou
Sarah Ezrin, E-RYT-500, is an energetic and humorous yoga teacher, writer, and YogaWorks teacher trainer based in Los Angeles. With a profound love of travel, Sarah runs around the globe leading trainings, workshops and retreats. For Sarah, yoga is not about the tricks or the postures; it is about finding one’s center amidst the challenges and chaos of the world. She believes that life is short and that it should be spent laughing, with the people and animals we love, and doing the things we most enjoy, like yoga! For more information on Sarah, visit her website or connect with her on Facebook.