I have a little secret for Standing Head to Knee (SH2K). It’s not 100% guaranteed, but it’s something that I have found helps me not fall out most times. The trick? Going slow and being patient.
In SH2K, there are times – more often than not – when I get a little wobbly. The wobblies can hit at any point in the posture. In the past, I panicked when I wobbled. My thought was to try to push through my wobblies and get on to the next step of the posture. For example, if I was bening my arms down below my calf muscles, and I started to wobble, I thought I needed to hurry up and get my head on my knee.
Yeah – do you know how often I had success with that approach? I’m not sure I ever did have success to be honest. I think I fell out nearly every time with that method.
Then, sometime over the last month or two, I started doing something different. I’m not sure what sparked it, but I noticed a change in how I responded to my wobblies in SH2K. You know what I did? I stopped wherever I was in the posture. I held it until I regained control. I breathed. Then I moved on.
For example, let’s say I get my left leg kicked out and then start to wobble a bit or maybe my right leg gets a bit shaky. Instead of freaking out and trying to hurry up and get my head on my knee I do….absolutely nothing. I simply keep kicking out. I breathe and find something to focus on. When I stop with the wobbling, I then start to bend my elbows down below my calf muscles. If I start to wobble again I stop and repeat.
Now, this is not a perfect process. I do still fall out of the posture using this approach. But I will say that I am more likely to stay in the posture than not. I also tell myself in my head that I will complete the posture. I think it’s important to notice the language. I don’t say, “Don’t fall, don’t fall, don’t fall.” Rather than tell myself what not to do, I tell myself what to do. See the difference? So I might say, “Just breathe,” or “Pause and focus.” Whatever I want myself to be doing is what I tell myself to do. I find it to be more helpful because I focus on what I want to be doing and not on what I don’t want to be doing.
This approach has really calmed my nerves in SH2K. I am hoping it will translate well to the stage in less than two weeks.
What are your tips for staying in postures or keeping focused?