I did a handstand for the first time last week!! Hooray!! I was so afraid which is silly considering I have taken gymnastics and find it to be the easiest thing to do in the pool. As a child, I would do a handstand at any given moment. Why was I so afraid?
Well, I guess I associated the handstand with what a longtime yogi/yogini can accomplish. I do not consider myself a yogini in that sense. Plus, its much more difficult to get your legs over your head when you are over a certain age. There is a fear associated with trying something foreign. I think that I have overcome that fear. And more importantly,performing a handstand has become second nature. I don't even think about it anymore.
When the teacher says lets put our mats towards the wall, I no longer have the feeling in my stomach. I do it, and up my legs go and am I balancing and I have a new perspective. I don't think bad thoughts and I feel so much better afterward.
Now the challenge is to do that with all foreign situations in life. Stop thinking so much about it and just perform the task, just like you were meant to do. Afterward, I'm sure that I will feel much better.
I love yoga.