Turn your Weaknesses into Strengths

by Jane Beevers

All of us, at some point, will realise some postures are easier than others! Coming to the practice of Yoga, what our Asana practice often reveals is where there are imbalances in the body, be it the shoulders, the hips or spine.  Or maybe we come to yoga with an injury, requiring we practice with patience, move in a skilful and compassionate way, and appreciate the practice as an experience that is there to serve us.

We all have areas of the body that require a little more attention and love, and as a teacher, I’ve never let tight hips prevent me from teaching.  However, like many, I would often avoid work where it’s most needed, because it was harder, more challenging – and let’s face it, we often like to practice what we’re comfortable with.  What we already know.  That does have a place and that’s ok.  However, when we attempt more challenging asanas, what often prevents us trying certain poses is fear.  Or we try, it seems impossible, and we give up.  We relegate *that pose* to the “it’s never going to happen” bin.

Dragonfly is a posture that requires patience, persistence, and determination.  From a physical perspective, it requires deep opening of the internal and external rotators of the hip, latissimus dorsi, and obliques.  This posture also develops upper body strength.  Here are some useful preparatory poses to help you on your way in to the pose.  And remember, it’s never about whether or not you can do the pose, but your approach to the practice, and what you might learn about yourself on the way in.  Identify where the work is needed and focus there.  Enjoy, have fun and play safely.  What I can say about this pose in particular, is that it taught me not to listen to the voice that said “you’ll never do it”.  So trust the practice, enjoy the process, give yourself time, and you may just surprise yourself.

1. Supine Thread the Needle (or reclined Pigeon)
2. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes pose)
3. Chaturanga Dandasana
4. Seated Pigeon
5. Plank pose
6. Parsvakonasana (Side Angle pose)
7. Agnistambhasana (Fire Log pose)
8. Gomukasana (Cow Face pose)



So thrilled you faced your fear Emma, and are now enjoying the the practice of inverting. Yoga reveals us to ourselves in so many ways, I hope you safely enjoy your time upside down!


Emma Pick

Fantastic read Jane, you have such awesome knowledge truly inspiring.
Totally agree fear keeps us back in the physical as well as the natural! I have recently faced my fear of headstands, still in practice but am seeing improvements. I wouldn’t do them before as had a huge fear my neck or spine would literally crack!


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