Exactly 20 years ago, in 1995, I had made the decision to make a huge change: moving from my natal city, Caracas, Venezuela, to the United States. In October of that year, while visiting a friend in Atlanta, I committed myself to moving that December. I had my tickets to come to Miami for Christmas, to stay for a couple of weeks, but instead I decided it was time to make the move. I had obtained the residency a year before, and having to travel at least every 6 months back and forth was becoming a financial burden, and considering there was an exchange control in Venezuela, I wasn’t sure for how long I could continue doing that. While in Atlanta, I registered to take the TOEFL and GMAT tests in January in Miami, not really sure what would happen later.
The practice of Yoga prepares us for that type of changes. On the mat, we are free to practice even those poses that we don’t think we are able to do, either because we don’t feel strong enough, or because we are afraid of them. A good example is forearm balance, or Pinchamaruyasana (displayed on the attached picture), It requires full control of the abs, shoulders, arms and legs. Full concentration is imperative, and control fo the fear of falling. It is best to start either with a wall or with someone spotting us, so we can feel the lifting and the movement, without fearing the fall. Once we have built confidence, we may not need the wall, or maybe it is OK to have it there, just in case, knowing that we really don’t need it, and maybe never use it.
Changes in life are pretty much the same, it is very scary to go into the unknown all the what-if’s come to mind, and fear most of the time prevents us from attaining what we really want. Maybe finding a “wall” that we know we can count on, a plan B, so we don’t feel that insecure, will help make those changes. One thing that is for sure, is that once we make that change we always wanted, next time it will be a lot easier. All you have to do is think back to when you made the big change, and you get all that courage again. In any case, all those changes allow us to grow, in many ways, build our self-confidence, and make us happier with ourselves.