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Sometimes fear seems to be all around us. Last summer, when the economy started to dip, the Web consulting business that had supplemented my yoga and acrobatics teaching suddenly evaporated. I panicked. I posted ads. I started thinking about taking on a part-time job. I found myself telling my friends how broke I was and how afraid I was. They were scared, too. Around the same time, I started having other fears, about things that didn't normally frighten me, like my health and the vulnerability of my body. In the past, I rarely encountered fear in
If you can let go of fear, you'll find more positive energy.
my acrobatic practices, even while doing a handstand on someone's hands, or hanging onto a rope 25 feet in the air. But suddenly there was fear, smiling at me with big, white, sharp teeth. I tried to smile back, but inside I was scared!
One day, I saw a vivid image of myself literally swept up in a river of fear. I was scratching and clawing at the shore, trying to find my footing. And then I bumped into something solid and stopped. I stood up, waist deep in the river of fear, and looked around. An epiphany struck: All my life I have lived in fear of not having enough. My grandparents were farmers. They worked long hours, scrimped to make ends meet, and worried. My mother worried because of her responsibilities as a single mother, and because ©
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For the first time, I saw my fear as a family heirloom, passed down from generation to generation. And I was ready to put it down. I started paying attention to fear, seeing it instead of being swept up in it. Each time I felt fear around money, I reminded myself that I had enough. Each time I felt fear around my acrobatic practice, I took a moment to acknowledge it and hold space for it, to say, "OK, I'm scared!" And then I kept going.
As the layers of fear peeled away, I became aware of some surprising ways that fear had been blocking my progress, both physically and spiritually. I realized how much energy I had been wasting on fear. Without it, I had more energy to devote to yoga and acrobatics. And I realized that I could support and sustain myself doing what I loved.
The time I used to spend worrying about money, I now have to spend on other things. I have more time for reflecting, taking care of myself, studying, practicing, and planning my classes, and I've seen some amazing results. I've learned that the more we can look at the fear as it arises, see it for what it is, and hold space for that fear to resolve, the more spacious and free our lives become.
Paige Wyatt teaches AcroYoga and vinyasa in Santa Cruz, California, and around the country. She practices AcroYoga, acrobatics, and aerial dance.
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Find a place to sit for half an hour. Sitting in nature makes this practice more effective because you can release your emotions back to the earth. Imagine that you are speaking to your inner child. The part of us that is afraid is often the child within us.
Ask yourself what you are afraid of. Then ask what you can do to support yourself through your fear. Many times we ignore the part of us that feels afraid, because we don't want to listen. But taking care of the part of you that is afraid is an important part of resolving your fear.
If you think of your fears as a scared child, you may feel more compassionate and
patient, and find it easier to be present with your fears. Once you are in touch with your fear, you can begin to release it. If it helps you, ask the earth to accept your fear, then release it to her.
If this practice doesn't feel right for you, there are other ways to resolve fear. Breathing practices such as Lion's Breath can release negative emotions. Twists and alternate-nostril breathing (Nadi Shodhana Pranayama) can help to relieve many forms of anxiety. p. w.
Paige Wyatt (above), a member of the Yoga-Slackers, balances on a slackline in an inverted Upavistha Konasana.
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Living out of a suitcase The sign by teaches a yogi to rethink the tiP jar in her concept of "home." one of my favorite cafés reads: "Fear change? Leave it here." And for years I gladly emptied my pockets. Yoga teaches us about impermanence, but no matter how many hours I logged in class, change and I remained uneasy companions. I often joked to friends that I needed to be fired, dumped, or evicted before I could let something go—especially when there wasn't something else waiting in the wings. And then it happened. I lost a lucrative writing contract, my boyfriend broke up with me, and my landlords threatened me with eviction—all in a single season.
As I walked through each room of my apartment taking stock of all that I owned, I was struck by how "nice" everything looked. But it had never felt like home. In fact, that perfectly nice place had made me perfectly miserable, and had for years. I had created a space to house the relationship that I longed for, but it never materialized.
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Change had changed me. For the first time, I realized that real estate wasn't the answer. Without a physical place or the stuff to fill it, each day I returned to me. I was the constant. I was the comfort. I was home. amelia glynn suffering _ optional
In 2:15 of the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali teaches that suffering is caused by change, unfulfilled longing, habits, and fluctuations in energy. Not even the most enlightened among us is immune. But in the next sutra, Patanjali offers some hope when he says that we can "prevent the suffering that is yet to come."
Patanjali teaches that we can have pain, yet not suffer. If we accept the inevitability of life's twists and turns and find the opportunity for growth in the struggles we face, we can prevent the unnecessary, self-inflicted suffering that comes from such feelings as guilt, blame, and regret. We can't avoid hardship in life, but through the practice of the eight limbs of yoga, we can learn to see that our true Self remains unchanged, and so we find peace and ease, even in the midst of difficulty.
Kate Holcombe's teachings apply the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali to daily life. She is the founder and co-director of the Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco.
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