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To COMMIT is to be dedicated to something or someone. Unabashedly. Without reservation. As a mountain holds its ground and creates a firm foundation to become magnificent, when you truly commit, your devote your energy, time, resources, heart, soul and spirit to the cause. If, along the journey, the commitment does not lift you up or feels like a heavy burden or is unsatisfying, it is time to change perspective. Looking at it from a different point of view can often bring clarity to our commitment, maybe even discovering letting go is the best course of action.

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

"I commit to learn, grow, adapt and change

to meet the challenges ahead."

Yoga Pose: Handstand Adho Mukha Vrksasana

To go upside down requires you to commit fully to the action. Practice this against a wall to start. Use a spotter if you can.

Foundation. Plant your hands firmly on the ground shoulder width apart and come into Downward Facing Dog. Spread your fingers wide apart. Set your intention.

Action. Firm your shoulder blades against your back. Rotate your upper arms outward and hug your arms inward. Engage your core. Bend one knee. Take a few practice hops. Then kick up with a sweeping leg motion as you press your hands firmly against the Earth. Let the second leg follow the first leg up. Press through the heels. Let the heels rest against the wall.

Torso. Keep your torso and upper body upright in the center with your chest and shoulders aligned. Shoulders stay directly over the hips. Try not to pike the pose.

Gaze. Look straight ahead rather than at the ground. Marvel for a moment at the change of view.

Release. To come out of the pose, bend at your waist and use your core strength and control to lower your legs to the ground. Rest in Child's Pose.


Photo by my Soul Sister, Heather Bryant

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