Neuroscience research suggests that the process of managing wobbles begins with awareness. This awareness includes both the actual detection of the mental wobble and an understanding of our emotional reaction to it. A wobble perceived as harmful results in the emotions of fear and frustration (usually associated with the thought, “I am not good enough and will never achieve mastery over this”) and the tendency to struggle against the challenge. Alternatively, a wobble perceived as challenging but a healthy and natural part of a practice is more likely to foster an open, relaxed, and curious attitude (associated with the thought, “This challenge is a part of growth and is necessary to my practice”). This understanding is not automatic and is not always easy, but it is an important part of learning to constructively adapt to challenges.  (excerpted from Dr. Shumway-Cook and Dr. Woollacott’s essay in “Embrace Your Wobbles: Wisdom from the yoga mat”)