The Comfort Zone

Meredith Felton
September 17, 2018

My name is Meredith, and I’m scared of inversions. (Cue the audience’s muttered, “Hi Meredith,” response).Yes, I’m a yoga teacher who still struggles with inversions.

As yogis, we’re often asked to move into postures that feel difficult, unnatural, or sometimes even impossible. Sometimes we find ourselves in a familiar asana, but we’re asked to hold it for an uncomfortable amount of time. Why do instructors teach this way?

I find that these moments of difficulty fulfill one or more of the following purposes:

  1. Calling on the intuition to battle the ego.
  2. Trying something new, or something familiar but with a new perspective.
  3. Growing in confidence.
  4. Building resilience, endurance, and strength.
  5. Choosing lightness and gentleness, fun and humor.

All of these factors lead to the ultimate goal: expanding the radius of your current comfort zone.

I could write a whole blog post for each of the five purposes, but I’ll keep this one simple by leaving you with these questions to consider:

  • Are you aware of what exists within your current comfort zone? What is your current threshold for new and unfamiliar adventures?
  • What do you wish you could do but are scared to consider?
  • What is the worst that could realistically happen if you chose to do the scary thing?
  • What is the best thing that might result from taking action?

Want to talk about your comfort zone, yoga, the meaning of life...? We’d love to chat with you!

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