Cyndi Lee was included in Kristen Kemp's article "8 Top Yoga Teachers Give Their Best Advice for Finding Bravery in Inversions" published on Yoga Journal on March 16, 2018.
Why you might be nervous:
From a yogic philosophy point of view, nothing is innately scary or not scary, good or bad, fun or un-fun. It’s all in our mind. And for many of us, anything new and out of our normal box is scary, intimidating, and panic-worthy.
1. Let go of your goal. Sometimes students become fixated on getting upside down, which also makes them fixated on their apprehension. Give your mind another direction. For example, going upside down also looks like fun! Even just practicing the steps along the way can be fun. Think of it as dating, instead of thinking of it as a bigger deal like marriage.
2. Take your fear with you. Just like swimming in the ocean, starting a new job, or auditioning for a play, learning to do an upside-down pose can give you a little bit of awakened energy. You can call it fear, but you could also call it clarity and awareness. This is a good quality for going upside down. So include the fear in your experience, but don’t let it eat it your entire emotional bank. Include confidence in what you know you can do, good sense in what is or is not appropriate for you, and the bright edge of a little touch of fear. Also, think about why you really want to try doing inversions. If it just scares you to death, then perhaps this is not for you. Or not for you right now. You might feel different next year.