Marylee Fairbanks

Marylee Fairbanks
Marylee Fairbanks, a columnist for My Life Yoga, Bliss.com and Life as a Human, is assistant editor and writer for The Elephant Journal. Her essays explore motherhood and yoga, focusing on her experiences with her young son and the many ways he helps her grow. She is a registered yoga teacher and founder of Chakras Yoga. Prior to having her son, she performed in Broadway musicals across the country. Marylee lives in Massachusetts with her husband, son and dogs. Find her at maryleefaribanks.com and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Give Up Hope

Marylee Fairbanks by Marylee Fairbanks | May 9th, 2012 | 5 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga

Give Up Hope

I don’t like being upside down and backwards. This makes Handstand a challenge for me. I don’t trust that my fellow students can hold me steady while I substitute my hands for feet. It’s a reflection of my own limited thinking, not an accurate assessment of their competence.

Still, I try. I go to class and work gradually. First, I achieved Headstand, which I couldn’t do a year ago. It’s a stepping-stone to the loftier goal of Handstand.

Yoga is always putting new challenges in our paths. Just when we think we have achieved a difficult asana, we discover that it was the modified version. It taught me to give up hope.