Falling Into Fantastic.

Via on May 24, 2011

I risked failure and actually fell.

Photo: Kadri Kurgun

My intention one morning was to finally make friends with Adho Mukha Vrksasana.

This asana is like taking a risk for me, the risk of falling and failing simultaneously. I came to a realization that there is no other way but to fail forward. There was no other way I could accomplish this asana if I didn’t take any chances at all. A wise man once said,

”Risk must be evaluated neither by the fear that it generates nor by the probability of success but by the value of the goal. If at first you do succeed, try something harder.”

There are no safe places and avoiding danger is not any safer. The more you risk failure and actually fail, the greater the chances for success.

I find myself falling into a lot of traps during this asana.

The embarrassment trap.

Who cares if I fall on my face, no one is watching me anyway.

The rationalization trap.

When I second guess everything I do and then decide “I’ll skip that asana.”

The unrealistic expectation trap.

Success takes hard work.

The fairness trap.

We all know life is not fair, I can deal with it.

The timing trap.

There is no perfect time to do anything. I’m tired of waiting for all the lights to be green to unroll my mat and kick up.

The inspiration trap.

I don’t have to be great to start but I do have to start to be great.

Do you ever stop to find the benefit in every bad experience? Do you grasp the positive effects of negative incidents? I’m certainly working on it. The only way we yogis can get ahead is to fail early, fail often and fail forward. Every dream that we achieve comes from attention to a process. The process of success comes from repeated failure.

As I took my place, ready for handstand I could feel my imperfect balance. My arms and my hands were wobbly, my body was not as tight as it should have been and as soon as I managed to kick up, the sound of the rationalization trap started to kick in.

My eyes were looking for my Drishti, I failed. The only sound I heard there after was a huge thump. I sat there for a brief moment in the most awkward pose I could imagine, disappointed in myself for failing, and angry at my bones for not being strong enough. As I lay there listening to my teacher’s toe-ring click so gracefully on the hardwood floors, approaching closer and closer to me, it finally came to a stop. She bent down to me and said,

“Bee, smile. You just fell into fantastic.”

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About Bee Bosnak

Bee Bosnak is the founder of Beeyond Yoga. A stylish and joyous yogini, who brings a love of creativity to life with her practice. Originally from London, UK, Bee began her yoga experience with Iyengar in a tiny studio in Los Angeles. After recently ditching the LA scene by taking a leap of faith, today she lives in a beautiful and vibrant city named Portland. Off the mat, Bee is a visual stylist, power vinyasa yoga teacher, cat lover, yoga blogger, tea consumer, and a social butterfly over at Twitter.

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10 Responses to “Falling Into Fantastic.”

  1. Enjoyed this, Bee.

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    Alex Alvarado Woohoo Congrats babe.
    2 hours ago · Like · 1 person

    Bee Bosnak-Woodworth ‎(the last bit that got cut off) for always and no matter what, believing in me.
    2 hours ago · Like

    Michelle Vogiatzis So amazing, Bee! Courageous post letting us into the vulnerability of taking a risk and smiling even if we fail…keep trying, keep smiling! Congrats, so cool, so happy for you!
    2 hours ago · Like

    Bee Bosnak-Woodworth ‎@ Michelle – Thank you so much!
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    Kathy Schulz Very nice, Bee. Nothing ever goes as I expect it, but that is half the fun!! Loved this
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    Bee Bosnak-Woodworth Thank you for reading, Kathy!
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    Jessica Salcedo This was very timely and encouraging…great piece Bee!! might be a new status update :)
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    Bee Bosnak-Woodworth Thanks Jess! Spread the love.
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  4. Robbin says:

    Wow so true…and your teacher….her comment made all the difference in how that posture now stays in your body with more and more confidence, and then carry that into the world Bee!

  5. Natasha Terrelonge says:

    One word inspiring!!!

  6. Open Yoga Blogging Community Bob Weisenberg says:

    Just posted to "Popular Lately" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

    • Tanya Lee Markul tanya lee markul says:

      Hi Violet, we do indeed bring in a lot of authors to share what they have written (and who have also published on their own sites). Is this what you are referring to?

  7. Seed Naturopathics says:

    Beautiful post Bee, just what I needed to read today. Thankyou!

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