Learning is trial and error. Making mistakes doesn’t make us less capable, because making an effort in life also brings failures. On the mat, yoga is a learning laboratory where the goal is the process of trying the pose. Balance poses are an especially powerful way to test your learning.
Simply put: We all fall down. The growth happens when we learn from the falling and apply it to our next attempt. Poses allow us to practice making decisions. We learn and apply feedback while holding ourselves compassionately accountable for our efforts. I often tell my students on and off the mat, “Those that make it look easy have fallen the most.”
We practice through trial and error, stumbling and falling. Then we listen. Why? Because in yoga, the poses are the questions. They aren't the answers. Often the better questions are more challenging to our balance. They test our integrity. The listening is our demonstration of self-respect.
Once a new pose becomes easy, spiritual growth takes place when we challenge ourselves to expand our range to try a more advanced version. When you go outside your comfort zone, you'll fall and fail from time to time. However, growth only happens when you're in uncharted territory. Yoga teaches you to be comfortable with discomfort.
In fact, how you deal with failure says a great deal about you. Observing your mental and physical habits is what provides the learning. For instance, do you: