my first time
posted: December 15, 2009
Do you remember what it was like to take your first yoga class? Foujan takes us back to the day where her love for yoga began.
Like your first day of high school, your first kiss, your first day on a new job, or even a first date; there’s a sense of excitement, nervousness and curiosity that makes you feel alive. My first yoga class was pretty much scripted to fall along these same ‘first time’ lines.
A friend of mine convinced me to attend a Bikram class. I come from a team sports background, and flexibility really was never my strong suit. So standing next to my friend – who used to be a dancer – and trying to do a simple forward bend to touch my toes was a bit embarrassing. The class was filled with yogis who easily balanced on one foot and could fold in half with little push (or physical pain).
I felt out of place… for the first 15 minutes.
Then something clicked. As I sat cross-legged – my blood pressure had dropped and I needed a bit of a break – and watched everyone else balance on their seemingly effortless yet completely graceful Dancer’s pose, I realized that no one even paid me any mind. The fact that I was taking a break didn’t bother them or their practice. Their energy was focused on something uniquely their own, and I was completely relieved and very intrigued.
Do one thing a day that scares you! It doesn’t matter how difficult that one thing is, or how much energy it takes. Yoga has profoundly changed my life, and I’m certain it will yours too. Just give yourself that chance to become truly at ease with the energy and realize that you’re just one person in this great, big, giant pool that is the universe, and that stepping out of your comfort zone and challenging your body, mind and soul is the only way you’ll ever know the greatness you can achieve.
We’re not meant for mediocrity, we’re meant for greatness. Be great; even if all that means is stepping into your first yoga class and learning the beauty of your first savasana.