Welcome to our first post here at Granola HQ (AKA Fearless Heart Yoga in UpTown Waterloo)
So let's start with the big picture. The klesas (afflictions of the heart) in yoga label for us the fears that drive our personal decisions and narratives. When I chose the name Fearless Heart for the studio, I was choosing to challenge my own story and to find out for myself what it would really mean to be fearless.
Each day we choose our story about the way the world works and the way we see ourselves within it. And sometimes that story is driven by concerns about what other people think, fear of being wrong, fear of humiliation and if you drill down, they all distill to a fear of being unlovable.
Rather than looking at fear as a whole, I have been finding success lately and simply labeling one action at a time when I recognize it. For example, I am pretty afraid of things going well. Lately, I have had a decent string of personal and studio related successes. It has been terrifying. Because I have been working on a core belief that if things go too well, it just means there is something terrible lurking around the corner. My experiences as a relatively conscious adult would tell me that isn't true, but it is a belief that has been woven deep into my personal fabric and the only way to unravel it is to tug at one string at a time.
So I am going to keep my focus for now on going after things that I want. One of those things is to make the studio bigger and more successful this year. I am making a declaration and working on pulling that thread loose. I have attached a picture of me playing with Hanumanasana uptown, recently. The story behind this pose is about taking a big leap.
Tell me in the comments what you are afraid of! I'd like to send words of encouragement to you on your own practice becoming fearless.
See you on the mat soon, friends.