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Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Going Upside Down

August 19, 2019 Posted by Y2 Yoga Blog

We’ve all been there. Your teacher gives you the option to go upside down, take an inversion, do a handstand, etc. and instead of going for it you look like this:


You know (*think*) that if you attempt to try some form of taking an inversion in class it will somewhat go like this:

Or like this:

Fear has a good way of creeping in at the worst times. However, if you’ve been practicing at our studio for even just a small amount of time, you should already know we are a judgement free zone and a “screw it” just go for it kind of place. Be afraid of the handstand for just a little while, but then, make like nike and just do it. Go for it. You never know what’ll happen if you try.

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear” – Jack Canfield

Hears are a few reasons why your fear of going upside down should be overcome:

  1. If you’re afraid of the fact that your arms have to bear the weight of the rest of your body, just remember, poses like downward facing dog, and upward facing dog, are simple poses where your arms support the majority of your body weight.
  2. There’s going to be someone else in class who is afraid of going upside down too. So if you face your fear and go for it, they might go for it too. Help someone in need.
  3. If you’re truly a chickens*t, you can practice in the front row. If you practice in the front row, you can use the mirror as a spotter. Just kick your feet up. WARNING: go slow, don’t be crazy and fling yourself up there. We’ve had a few students crack the mirror from some handstand kicks…. which is more embarrassing than falling…. at least we think so.
  4. You’ll feel so much better after your first try. The first one is the hardest… the first cut is the deepest… Sheryl Crow fans out there…? Anyways, once you get your first upside down experience over with, you’ll be good to go. Don’t think just go!
  5. The worst you can do is fall. Once you get over this fear, 99% of the rest of your fear will go away. No you can’t break your neck, no you won’t die, yes it might be embarrassing, but who cares?? Everyone will just be jealous you have no fear and just go for sh*t.

You after doing a handstand in class and nailing it:




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