Yoda said, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
Fear Schmear. I'm not saying be afraid of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (although someone steal that and write that post).
I'm saying fear schmear like Fran Drescher says "Cancer Schmancer".
Fear sucks. Not good for health. Nudge a little towards love over fear whenever possible.
Ask: what is it about yoga or (insert your health challenge here) am I afraid of?
Will I quit yoga?
Am I afraid the yoga will damage a tendon?
Am I afraid the yoga teacher will let me know "it's OK to just stay down in child's pose, really"?
Solve the fear.
Keep showing up to class.
Keep doing the inversion poses. Keep on keeping on you downward dawg.
Look at the worst case scenario. You gracefully tilt over like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Maybe don't have such high yogexpectations this class.
"Warrior Trying to Get Better" is the best yoga pose of all.