We all start coming to the mat for different reasons. We hear yoga is good for relieving stress, and increasing flexibility. We hear it’s good for quieting the mind and getting friends to stop asking us when we’re going to try yoga. Whatever the reason may be, starting a yoga practice is a big deal. And we never think we’re “starting a practice” when we just sign up for a 3-class beginner special. We think we’re just here to relieve a little stress, or get a little more flexible. But, the practice has a way of creeping in.
As Steph likes to say, it’s hard to be a beginner as an adult. We spend so much time taking care of others, working for others, being there for others, that it’s easy to lose sight of ourselves. We have to make time to renew and replenish, so we can continue to give back to those around us. Making a commitment to ourselves is important; keeping it even moreso.
So, it’s time to honor the courage it takes to get on the mat and learn. Not just learn the poses and their names, but learn things about yourself. Maybe you learn how you handle falling, or how you handle struggling to get into a pose that the person next to you seemingly floats up into.
This January, make the commitment to wake up early and practice yoga for no other reason than because you want to. Or feel compelled to. Or have even the slightest hunch it will teach your something or make you feel good. It won’t be easy – nothing worth doing ever is. But, you set the intention, and we’ll create the space. You may sign up to work on your handstand, and learn that you were there for another reason. Just show up. Make a promise to yourself and keep it.