This morning I just had to forgive myself for my imperfections.
I’ve been practicing Ardha Chandrasana (half moon) against the wall for most of this year, due to arthritic and wobbly knees. Now I’m much stronger, so I’m trying to practice in the middle of the room again.
I did fine on the right side, but I could not stay up on the left. I did all the little helpful tricks – kept my eyes focused on a single spot on the floor, didn’t try to turn my head up, put the block out to the side a little bit, paid careful attention to the strength in my standing leg, turned my hips parallel to the wall instead of the floor, but no joy. I just kept falling over. Finally, I went to the wall.
On the plus side, I’m also practicing Vrksasana (tree) in the middle of the room, and I can do that one.
I always try to come down out of the pose consciously rather than falling out of it. If I do fall, I go back up just long enough to come down carefully.