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Yoga as an expression of trust

Photo by Monica Felix @

Photo by Monica Felix @

I remember the first time I tried an inverted yoga posture.

When I bent backwards and extended my arms and exposed my chest cavity, I not only had to trust that my ankles would be there waiting for my hands to grab; but I also had to trust that my teacher was keeping an eye on my alignment and looking out for my body’s best interest and, if need be, could come over to correct my posture.

It took me eighteen months to finally build up the courage to try that posture.

But thirty seconds into the pose, I knew it was worthwhile. And every since that day, I’ve become much more likely to do things as an expression of my trust.

What might assist you in building trust with yourself, with others and with the universe?

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and work study volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.