Although I cannot say enough amazing things about yoga, the practice itself is challenging, and without a doubt requires this type of bravery. Why go through that? Because these acts of bravery gives us the power and strength we need to withstand this and other trials and tribulations life WILL throw at us- time and time again.
Sure, you may feel shaky and awkward in triangle pose, but guess what, next time you will shake less because you’ve been there, done that. Next time, you will breathe through it, and over time you will adapt to it and enjoy its fruition. And over time when life hits you with something that can turn your world upside down, you will breathe through that too, because you’ve practiced courage.
I believe that the tools you learn to use “on your mat” through yoga help you in ALL aspects of life. Tools such as acknowledging how you are truly feeling, breathing through your bodily tensions, taking risks, and surrendering- are all acquired through yoga. It humbles you, it nurtures you, it opens you, and it teaches you about yourself. It teaches you to stay where you are, and to draw strength from your depths. And it teaches you that you will be rewarded.
To receive these gifts, you need the courage to see and go past the fear, the uncertainty, and the discomfort. There is nothing particularly brave about doing something within your comfort zone. Just like many amazing, truly beautiful gifts in life, you must earn them; you WILL thank yourself.