The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step... A wise human being named Lao Tzu once said. So you've heard of yoga. Perhaps a new studio opened up near you and you're curious to check it out. But you might also be apprehensive. And this is completely normal. I know it can be daunting to try something new and be in a beginner state of being. And yet, it is at times like these we get to practice courage for the sake of our curiosity.
I was lucky enough to begin my yoga practice over ten years ago as part of a small corporate group that met with an awesome teacher, Edna Barr, on Thursdays during lunch hour. The small teacher-to-student ratio empowered me to quickly grow strong in my practice and master the fundamental poses of a powerful vinyasa flow. The small group also created a safe space for growth and exploration. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity.
Walking into a yoga studio for the first time can be super intimidating. Or not. It's all about your perspective. But I get it. Being in a beginner state of mind can feel daunting and almost immobilizing. Take a deep breath and repeat 9 more times. Now, allow yourself to feel the joy of discovery! Remember? Yes, there is an uncomfortable feeling. Breathe. Yes, it may feel uncomfortable for a little while. Breathe. Yet, it's just a feeling - a specific vibrational frequency pattern you're holding in the space of your awareness and physical body. Breathe.
Each time we breathe deeply, we bring love and life-giving oxygen to every cell in our body. A deep breath is basically a love embrace for your physical body. Don't withhold love from yourself. Go ahead. Take a deep loving breath and know that you got this. There are many ways to become acquainted with yoga as a new student. Many studios offer a new student pass if you'd like to flow in community. Or if you prefer a smaller group experience, many teachers offer group discounts. You can also do yoga online. There are plenty of free videos on youtube.
Whatever you choose to do, don't psyche yourself out of a transformative experience.
For the love of OM,