Bad Knees run in my family.
We tend to avoid what’s hard….and I’ve gotta admit, I rarely taught or practiced this pose up until 2 years ago.
This is a new-ish posture for me.
I’ve been practicing yoga for 18 years.
We store fear in our quads. Hero’s pose is a HUGE quad & hip flexor stretch.
During our 1st Yoga teacher training (4 years ago), at Keller Yoga, we were teaching proper form. When we got to Hero’s, I decided to try.
I immediately had a panic attack and ended up in child’s pose sobbing. In that moment, the tightness in my muscles made my mind scream!
GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE. YOU ARE GOING TO BUST YOUR KNEES.
Although I know genes can be turned on and off, I didn’t realize I had subconsciously assumed this was out of my reach due to my family history.
I believed the voices in my head
In my 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training, we were assigned a specific practice that included this pose. I could only hold it for a breath or two.
I’ll never forget the first time I decided to lean back….
I heard a voice in my mind caution me…but then another voice said, “You’ve got this. You’re not going to break.”
That day, I chose to ignore the voice of my inner critic.
I now practice this pose daily….and I often sob.
Not because I’m in pain, but because I’m releasing old limiting belief patterns about who I think I am and what I think I can accomplish.
We have another training class starting soon. Contact me if you wanna talk about it!