Fear will always be present in life. Sometimes it prevails, but mostly it will be beaten. For some people, the thought of practicing yoga brings them fear. The good thing about fear is that it prevents you from doing something dangerous and keeps you from harm, but it also can prevent you from trying out and experiencing the benefits of yoga. You can learn to keep your fear in check. Fear will always be there, but sometimes you just need to face it head-on.
Assess Your Fears
Part of assessing your fears is to acknowledge and recognize them. A wonderful tool to use when you are assessing your fears is to analyze them by writing them down. Do this on a daily basis until you are able to unravel what is behind your fears.
You may have fears that are deeply rooted. If you are attracted to yoga inversion maneuvers, where your heart is higher than your brain, perhaps you can have a teacher assist you in your progress. The benefits that you will enjoy from practicing yoga far exceed the hardships that you may encounter. It is important that you get the right pose and form. You should work to become totally comfortable with your more difficult positions from start to finish.
Track Your Progress
Along with putting pen to paper and writing down your fears, you should also track your progress. I suggest you keep a journal so you can look back on your obstacles and triumphs. This will help you deal with your fears. One of the things you need to do is to ask for feedback from a trusted instructor in regard to your progress. This feedback will allow you to hasten your development in your yoga practice.
Once you start taking to the mat, your learning progress will double. The poses that you failed to do before will become achievements in the future. That means that you are progressing. You need to keep track of these advances so you know what to improve on during your next session.
Practice Yoga More
Some of the maneuvers and poses are very hard to do, especially the ones where inversions are required, but these are not impossible to fully achieve. You can do this by practicing yoga more. As the days go by, you will notice that you become more confident in your practice. In the long run, you will find yourself doing all the movements and poses with relative ease. Some poses may remain a bit more difficult, but with your increased confidence you will have the mental strength to work to complete them.
Trusting yourself to have confidence is very important when practicing yoga. More often than not, you will surprise yourself with the strength that you have.