Yoga for Insecurity, Emotional Healing Series, Yoga with Melissa 393

by Melissa West on July 21, 2017

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Yoga for Insecurity

Insecurity is defined as a lack of confidence or a state of uncertainty or anxiety about oneself. That sounds bad doesn’t it. In fact it sounds very bad. If I was feeling that way about myself, that sounds like a feeling that I would want to get rid of. The definition goes on to say that insecurity is lack of protection. That also sounds worrying. If I feel into that in my body it creates a growing sense of self-doubt, uncertainty and fear. Insecurity is also defined as the state of being open to danger or threat.

Our response to insecurity is to get rid of it or to establish security. That is, to do everything within our power to make our corner of the world more secure. The problem with this approach is that we continue to change our lives and paint ourselves into a corner until even the most trivial experiences in our life cause us an incredible amount of anxiety and stress. Trying to change and control our external environment is a recipe for more anxiety, stress and insecurity.

Insecurity is not a problem. We will all experience insecurity in our lives. We will all encounter circumstances in our lives that make us feel insecure. That is a normal part of being a human being. Our everyday existence is intrinsically insecure. We could lose our jobs, the stock market could crash, we could face a health crisis, our relationships could crumble, everything is temporary and transitional.

We continually try to find solid ground, but we can only rely on the groundless ground. Earth cannot be permanently fixed. It crumbles, slips, levels out and rises up into mountains. Nothing is certain except uncertainty. Change and dissolution continually undercut us and we take it personally, but it is not personal.

Insecurity is a normal part of our lives. Constant change is natural. Opening to impermanence can create some spaciousness around the fear and anxiety of insecurity. In other words, it is only possible to find security in accepting insecurity.

Yoga Postures/Asanas: Bridge Pose or Setu Bandhasana, Cat Pose or Marjaryasana, Tiger Pose, Tadasana or Mountain Pose, Chair Pose or Utkatasana, Tree Pose or Vrkasana, Warrior One or Virabhadrasana One,Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana,  Upward Facing Dog or Urdhva Mukha Svanasana, Dying Warrior, Crocodile Pose

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If you want more support in opening to insecurity, each Monday we meet in our live classes in our membership community for guided meditations. I give a teaching talk and then lead a guided meditation. You have a chance to ask questions and receive support for your practice. This is an amazing part of our community and we would love to have you.

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  • Mary E Williams

    I currently have a great deal of insecurity and stress in my life, as I am the full time caregiver for my husband of 54 years who is terminally ill. He has been battling PSP/Parkinson’s disease for more than 17 years. I don’t believe there is anything more stressful and gives you a more insecure feeling than caring for a loved one making their way to the next step in their journey. According to his nurse, his journey will end very soon. When it does, my life will change dramatically. I am very unsure and insecure of my future.
    Thank you for this beautiful and relaxing class. I loved it, even though, I had trouble keeping up with you on the chair pose, which told me, my world is unstable for now, but I will be OK. Thank you. Namaste

    • Mary, your message touches my heart. I feel deeply for you and the transition you are approaching. Your world is indeed unstable and full of insecurity for the time being. May you be surrounded by loving support. Namaste, Melissa

  • Janet Lark

    Lovely class.

  • Linda Caldwell

    Always reaching us in our souls, thank you Melissa, thank you.

  • Carla Van de Schoot

    Hm yes I see what you mean…. I kept loosing my balance. I normally would not have liked that, but I understand it is part of the teachings in this class. I will let this sink in.
    I am slightly worried about our talk tomorrow, I hope I can make my pc do what I want and that I havent got the time mixed up or anything….
    I just hope it works because I really look forward to talking to you in real time!!!

    • It was great to talk to you Carla. I love how you totally understood the teachings in this class 🙂 Namaste, Melissa

  • Phyllis Holmes

    What an experience to have security in insecurity…….by the end of that posture!!! thankyou..and may I teach my students that too…and more understanding of insecurity.

    • Thank you for asking Phyllis, yes of course you may teach from this class to your students, I ask that you do what I do when I teach from resources that are not my own, source your resources, that is let your students know where the teachings are coming from 🙂 that way we can practice asteya, nonstealing, Namaste, Melissa

  • Phyllis Holmes

    Thankyou Melissa so much benefit…Many of my class all subscribe and enjoy a variety of what you do…..

    • Thank you so much for referring your students to my channel, I appreciate that very much Phyllis <3 With gratitude, Melissa

  • Anja Schwalen

    Great class again. Postures went very well with teachings. Like other viewers, I struggled a bit with chair/tree pose, but just accepted what was. It is very true that security is only an illusion, but we aren’t comfortable with that notion.

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