Halloween can be a fright, but yoga should never be! It is true that sometimes you haven't fully developed the strength or flexibility to move to a more advanced variation of a pose. However, sometimes it is just your ego that is holding you back. Your ego screams at you from within: "Don't try that pose! You'll never be able to do that. You might fall." So let's tackle the ego first. To grow in yoga you must be willing to fall out of poses. In fact, to grow in any area of your life you will most likely have to stumble along the way. I have found that the amount of stumbling and fumbling almost always directly correlates with the reward; meaning the more times you fall the higher you rise. In a pose, right at the edge of going too far and falling out of the pose is exactly where you will keep growing and transforming the body and mind. So give up the ego and give yourself permission to fall. And if you do fall out, smile. It will ease the bruise to the ego.
Now let's tackle some poses that you might find a little scary at first, but with a few simple tips you just might be able to master!