"This is one of my favorite vinyasas because it emphasizes balance, focus, breathing and provides a great lower body stretch."
Several students nodded, but I bet they were thinking "Oh God, I'm going to embarass myself. I can't... do... this."
"Now, legs wide apart, and angle your left foot in, your right foot out... Stretch your arms out... open your heart... Now bring your fingertips to the floor."
"Triangle is the easy part, I can do triangle... it's the half-moon pose... remember, focus and balance... focus, balance... focus... balance..."
And the next time I opened my eyes, my left leg was off of the ground, extended parallel to the floor while my right leg, straight and strong like a tree rooted deep into the soil, supported me. My right arm, with my fingertips just skimming my mat, supported my torso. Reaching for the sky with my left arm, I watched my fingers wiggle in the air.
"I'm doing it... finally."
"Now, bring your left hand back to your hip, and slowly... slowly... lower your left leg back to the mat. Extend your right and return to triangle."
"Done. I did it."
"Now, rise up and let's move to the other side..."
"Oh God... I'm going to embarass myself!"