How often do you have doubts;
doubts about your relationships, your work, your future, your past? I can go to a place of despair and fear if I allow myself to dwell in these thoughts too long. In these current uncertain COVID19 times it would seem as if doubt creeps in more often than not. The way I’ve been able to combat this mindset is by learning to recognize it when it happens and to consciously doubt my doubts. It may sound strange but turn the doubts into doubts somehow diminishes a negative affect. A literal turning upside down of the thoughts seems to make it right.
In Frogpose Yoga we form physical poses in the body which allow our entire being to observe, be open, accept and recognize many of our feelings including doubt. Certain poses turn our sights upside down, lending a change in perspective. Using scripture from the Bible and deep breathing, we begin to make little shifts of change towards believing God’s truth, not our feelings, lending a way towards confidence and healing. Mindfulness of the word of God anchors us more deeply in the present moment.
Wide Leg Forward Fold is one of those poses that help us to change negative thoughts on its head. Not only does it offer countermovement to sports training, like running and biking, by offering a deep hamstring and calf stretch, but the inversion tones the internal organs. A deep release and introspective pose such as this one quiets and soothes the nervous system and the mind. With eyes wide open, we notice the world is temporarily upside down, and that’s o.k. We know God is turning all things right side up, for his good, and we find peace knowing heaven is our future. To accept our doubts in life is much like understanding the feeling of being upside down in the pose only lasts for a few deep breaths.
Ideally Wide Leg Forward Fold moves us towards resting the crown of the head on the earth. It anchors our minds and keeps us steadfast on all we know to be true: God loves us too much to leave us where we are at. He’s for us and is with us, even when things seem upside down.
Turn your doubts on their head and join us this week for both yoga in the park and our regularly scheduled Wednesday noon. (Tuesday at 8:30am, Thundercloud park. Due to a delay in school we have decided to continue park yoga until 8/25) And of course, Wednesday at noon, is on Facebook live https://www.facebook.com/frogposeyoga/live_videos/