Day 29 of '40 DAYS OF FACING FEARS: the 'WTF am I doing??!'/having the strength to be upside-down challenge

The below is from the original Facebook post from March 29th 2017:

 

Day 29 of '40 DAYS OF FACING FEARS: the 'WTF am I doing??!'/having the strength to be upside-down challenge

The emotions that I felt, even upon waking up this morning and knowing I'd committed myself to trying an AERIAL SILKS class were serious nerves and fear... but also a sense of excitement.

Pre-challenge thoughts: 'WTF am I doing??!!!' 'you're not going to be strong enough' 'if you can even pull yourself up, you could fall and break your skull/neck/ankle etc'. It was full-throttle self-doubt flitting around my stomach like stinging butterflies and causing my throat to tighten.

Actually being there and trying aerial silks: I was seriously glad for all of the yoga and Pilates I had done regularly over the last few years!! The core and shoulder strength that I'd built up and the flexibility really, really helped with not only understanding the warm-ups but also with focussing and calming my mind and body to throw myself into different positions. Amazingly, the teachers were really impressed with my strength and ability at this first class as I could do the basic twists and ties AND lift my entire body upside down, which most students could only do after a good month or two (humble brag, because I'm so excited and proud of myself!!)

There is SERIOUS strength involved in being able to pull oneself up - whether just to twist the silk(s) around a foot or to flip oneself upside down. The ladies who do this activity are seriously strong, flexible, talented and BRAVE. I'm in absolute awe of the routines the regulars can do. There's real elegance, precision, discipline, strength and focused involved in this!

 The strength and grace that these ladies have to pull off these moves is incredible!

The strength and grace that these ladies have to pull off these moves is incredible!

This challenge, as well as so many other challenges that I've been doing have been affirming to myself that I am stronger (mentally, emotionally and physically) than I had believed myself to be. It's absolutely exhilarating! I really didn't even think that I'd be able to lift myself up repeatedly, let alone lift myself upside down and be able to hold myself there for 20+ seconds.

 Pleasantly surprised to find out that I'm stronger than I thought I was :)

Pleasantly surprised to find out that I'm stronger than I thought I was :)

If anyone would like to give this a try I'd be SO KEEN to do this again. In fact, they've got a 50% discount on their classes at the moment (also note that the first class that you try is FREE). I'm going to buy a 10 trip. My motivation is to build upon the strength I already have and be able to do the splits between the silks. Wahoo!!

Ideas are always appreciated :) <3 xx