Diana By 

STANDING ON OUR HEADS


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During one of the first yoga classes in my studio, Lidija told me there was no chance she would ever do a headstand pose. In fact, when we first met and spoke about her starting yoga training, she was skeptical about being flexible enough to assume the yoga poses (asanas). Of course, she’s not the only one. Most students have similar “fears”. I felt similarly before starting to practice yoga.

It’s not a problem becoming flexible practicing yoga. Sooner or later, a persistent workout lead to flexibility and muscles. But, isn’t it so in every other activity? Yoga is something else…much more than that! It frequently goes beyond mere physical achievements. It teaches us how to lead a quality life. It does so trough persistence, patience and a sense of gratitude, the major ingredients of good life. Little by little, first our knees lift from the ground, then we slowly go up…then, oops, we fall down. And we realize we have survived and we can try again. Eventually, step by step, completely calm, we find ourselves standing on our heads. And view the world from a totally different perspective. In that moment, all those fears and the attempts to run away remain far behind us.

Isn’t it so in life itself? When we find ourself in a new situation which looks like an unsurmountable obstacle, our first thought is, “I can’t do it!” But, we keep thinking about it. And we compare ourselves to others. And we feel that if they can do it, so can I! And then we gather courage and get started. Only when we symbolically (or literally) fall and touch the ground, we realize we have survived, that we can try again and that we’ll stay alive. And we persistently repeat the moves until one day we reach the heights. !?

Then, we are grateful and proud. And we feel great.

Photos: by Diana

Translation: Ozren Podnar

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