It all starts with one single decision, ‘I’m going to start yoga’. We jump onto the internet and find a studio, we buy a mat and book our first class. Most of us have a small idea as to what to expect as well as some big fears of the unknown. Will I be the only newbie on the mat? Are the other people going to laugh at me? I wonder what the teacher will be like. What if I look like an idiot with my bum in the air? What if I can’t do the poses? I can barely touch my toes! Sound familiar? Well if this does sound like thoughts you have whirling in your head, don’t be alarmed… you are most certainly not alone.
The first time I had done yoga, I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. I had seen some scenes in the odd movie, some clips on the internet as well as the one or two stories from friends. All that yoga was to me was breathing and gentle stretching,I was excited as well as slightly nervous while waiting for my teacher to arrive, I was expecting an almost majestic, floating being wearing long flowing robes and adorned with beads, instead my teacher arrived and to my surprise a young, beautiful girl with a funky short haircut stood waiting for me to welcome her in.
Bashfully I chanted OHM with the rest of the class and the teacher began calling out instructions for us to follow, I still thought to myself ‘Ah man, this is so chilled’’.Not even ten minutes later, I was drenched in sweat and could hardly breathe, my legs where shaking and I could barely keep up with the instructions being called out. All I can say is my perception of yoga sure did change after that first class and I have yet to look back.
We all have fears and inhibitions that prevent us from experimenting and embracing change. The world of Yoga has so much magic to offer, worlds to discover and love to embrace. The first step to breaking the chains of fear is so simple..
STEP ONTO A MAT AND FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR WORLD.
Join Brad Whittingham on the 3rd of August for a delightful beginner yoga workshop: Onesness from the Start