This is a blog post taken from my American Mum Blog:
The world of yoga is amazing! Why have I waited so long to get into it? Oh yeah it was that I was insecure about my body. I would try yoga at home when no one was watching but this is completely not the same as enjoying a yoga class. If you still haven’t tried it, then suck it up buttercup and get your downward facing dog on. No one cares what you look like, what you are wearing or how you look in your pose, if they do then they are not practicing yoga the correct way.
After a pretty rough year last year of selling all of our stuff and moving to another country I had a lot of stress in my life to say the least. I hadn’t yet found a therapist and I needed something to release this stress but I didn’t know it at the time. I signed up for the gym as a way to get out of the house. The girl I signed up with suggested taking a yoga class to start as an easy introduction to working out. So I reluctantly showed up for my first yoga class.
The teacher was great she made sure to introduce herself to anyone that was new and talked about yoga and what it’s good for. We started the class and I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to do the poses. Turns out that I was able to do ALL of them. I rocked it! I felt like I had conquered a great fear and walked out of there thinking I was Wonder Woman, well a relaxed state of I can do anything.
Then I went back a second time. Because I knew what to expect from the class and this teacher I was a little more relaxed. We always start the class out by laying on the ground in corpse pose or Savasana, I was completely relaxed, my mind was open, not cluttered with my to do list of thoughts that run through my mind. I was really in tune with my body and the class went well. We also end the class in Savasana as well. This day the amazing instructor was talking to us about just letting things go. Live in the moment and not what you think the moment needs to be. Stop trying so hard, stop planning for perfection, you can still have goals that you wish to achieve but that means doing what you can in that moment and then letting it go, also not planning so hard for the next moment. This hit me so hard I started to form tears in my eyes. I am trying to live in the moment and when I’m not, I’m now able to notice this and try to improve on just being.
Looking back if I would have started yoga earlier in my life I’m not sure it would have been such an enlightening experience. Timing of things happen and I’m grateful for the way I have been able to experience yoga in my life. Namaste.