When I was 16 years old I danced with a professional company in Chicago. For my first performance, I had to hold my body in a shoulder stand with both hands off the floor for about two minutes. I had to get into this position on a dark stage and remain there without moving while the lights came up and other dancers started moving around me. I was terrified that I would lose my balance. I didn't. Now, in my regular yoga practice, I lose my balance all the time. It is something that I am grappling with, both physically and emotionally. I don't like losing my balance - I usually feel humiliated by it. But I know that falling is an essential step in getting where I want to be, so I am being patient with myself. Sometimes I can get there - like this!