I held a Community Yoga event the other day. It was in a public location and open to all! We had 30 people there. A guy comes walking in whom I've never met before. I greeted him and asked him if he had ever practiced yoga before, to which he replied, "never." I was immediately impressed.
I hear excuses all day long as to why people won't try yoga. I can see how some people think it's intimidating, so I don't mean any judgement when I say it's an excuse. I'm just calling it what it is.
BUT here's the good news: There are so many different styles of yoga. Not everyone loves dripping sweat and getting upside down every chance they can get. Maybe yin or restorative yoga is more your pace. Maybe attention to detail and alignment is more your thing. There are so many types of yoga, there's a place for everyone!
I told "the new guy", which is what we will affectionately call him, that so many people find yoga intimidating and how proud I was of him for showing up not knowing exactly what to expect or if he would be able to do everything. He told me he almost turned around 5 times. THAT inspired me even more! He was unsure. He was intimidated. He had doubts and apprehension. BUT he showed up anyway. What he did seems like such a small thing. But it was HUGE!
Guys, you don't even know the mental and emotional strength we build when we refuse to let fear keep us from living our lives. I'm reading a book by Dr. Caroline Leaf that says we actually rewire our brains and make it stronger when we think and choose differently than negative, fear based thoughts and actions. He loved the yoga and/or us (we are a fun group!) so much that he joined us for brunch! What a delight he was! I'm just thinking sitting here thinking of what he would have missed had he let fear keep him home. I sure was inspired and blessed by him.
Write this down: When we show up, it's not just for us.
There's a saying: "how you are on your mat is how you are off your mat" and the new guy may be new to yoga, but he's already got a good grasp on what it's really about.
May we never let fear of uncertainty keep us from living our lives to the fullest.
Check out this video on keeping the practice of yoga in perspective.