There are people in my life who influence me, some to whom I am very close; others who are really just passing through. It never really strikes me that I might be in a position myself to influence others.
Turns out, I am.
And that position is upside down.
Being upside down has become a highlight of my day.
The inversion segment of my yoga class is only about five minutes long, but it is the part of class that is the most fun for me.
During this time, we can practice anything we want as long as part of our body is upside down. Shoulder stand. Handstand. Forearm stand. Headstand.
It is our choice, and our instructor either walks around and helps us or leaves us be on the chance we might topple over with his attention.
When I first started yoga, the thought of going upside down felt silly. I was self conscious. It was one thing to know I could do a Headstand; it was another to do it in public.
My children knew I could do a Headstand, and I had the honor of doing so for my daughter and her college roommates on Skype a few years back, but that is really another topic.
So, at yoga, in the beginning, I would just lie on my back and hoist my hips and extend my legs to the sky with my hands on the small of my back in Shoulder stand. And I would wait for the segment to be over.
Then came the day when my daughter and I had a private lesson. I was completely at ease with just my instructor and my daughter and, when it came time to try an inversion, I went to the wall and did a Headstand.