headstands and the story so far
I posted this video on Instagram and my facebook page last week.
I wanted to share it with you as for me, it was a bit of a breakthrough and a realisation of where my training has got me.
I first attempted to do headstands in a yoga class about 6 years ago. I struggled... as in couldn't do it even a little bit.
With help from the yoga teacher, I got my legs up in the air and she helped me to hold them there.
I knew I had the core strength to hold the position but was convinced that I'd never achieve a headstand unaided.
Following a snowboarding accident in 2002, I have 4 fused vertebrae in my lumbar spine. I was told by my consultant after surgery that I'd never be able to touch my toes and that I'd lose all flexibility in my lumbar spine.
Being told that little nugget of false information, I had it in my head that I just wouldn't be able to do certain things ever and that was Ok.
A mental barrier had been built.
Fast forward 14 years and here I am, upside down unaided! Oh, and I can totes touch my toes (hamstring flexibility definitely got me there!).
Going back just a few months to June, I started playing around with headstands, this type in particular. Again, I struggled. This time I knew it was nothing to do with my back but my shoulders.
I've since put time and specific effort into improving my shoulder mobility and strength.
I had a go at this on a whim and I could do it. I held the headstand, I moved though some shaky split legs and straddle and got down safely withuot toppling over... Result!
I'm so stoked!
The point I'm trying to make here is that the human body is pretty freaking awesome.
We can heal.
We can regain lost strength and flexibility.
We can do almost anything we put our minds to.
All we need to do is believe in our own potential, listen to positive messages, let go of the "can't" and train to reach our potential.
Whether your have physical goals, want to progress at work you just have something you've always wanted to but don't have the courage... believe, persevere and DO!!
Have a rad Tuesday!
move Well : live Well