Physical strength is just the beginning
Dana found building physical strength helped her discover internal strength she didn’t know she had. As her physical strength improved, she found herself questioning what untapped potential she had within. Dana is a firm believer that becoming strong doesn’t end with being able to do cool things with your body, and that physical strength is just the beginning.
“As I started building physical strength in my body, I realized all of these things I never thought I could do were actually possible. All I had to do was put the time in.”
Balancing ego and humility
According to Dana, strength is found when ego and humility are in balance. From her experience, being in tune with her ego gave her a sense of self-worth and drove her to see what else she was capable of. Humility balanced out her ego by helping her release expectations and embrace neutrality in her yoga practice.
“As I have built strength in my physical body, I realized strength is a balance between ego (your identity) and humility (being able to show up without expectation). Once you find that place of balance, you’re on the path to becoming strong.”
Building layers of strength
Dana is a firm believer that strength is not found by one’s ability to do any certain yoga pose. She believes it lies in the process to get there. “If on the journey to handstand you faced challenges and learned valuable lessons, it will be so much more than a handstand. Every time you do it you will be reminded of what you overcame to get there, and you can carry that strength into other things you do,” she said.
Dana knows how it feels to show up to a new yoga practice as a total beginner who doesn’t feel strong. By slowly building layers of strength, Dana is able to carry the important lessons learned on her mat into other areas of her life.
“My yoga practice is an expression of my internal strength. Each pose is an end manifestation of the work put into it.”
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