Yoga was the furthest thing from my mind when I first came to live in America five years ago. I had been a swimmer for all my adult life and had always been in great shape and good health. That was until daily outdoor swimming in Florida left me with such a severe ear infection that I couldn’t stand up, let alone swim. My days taking laps of the pool were over. Aside from the worry of it returning, I also suffered (and still do) with balance issues. It turns out that our ears do so much more than hear, they help control our balance too. I was beside myself; swimming was all I had ever known.
It was my husband who first suggested yoga. He had always wanted to try it and he thought it might help with my balance. I had always thought yogis were very hipster and intimidating (a large misunderstanding) so the thought of turning up to a group class terrified me. So, a private yoga teacher who came to our home was enlisted to show us both the ropes. I thought I was going to be fairly flexible after years of swimming (another large misunderstanding).I hadn’t even got past the first pose of taking a seated cross-legged position when I realized just how wrong I was. After 30 years+ of desk work, my hips were so tight they wouldn’t open out and let’s just say that touching my toes was a work-in-progress. Even balancing on one leg was a struggle. Yoga was not for me.
However, my husband - who was quite smitten with our weekly practice - urged me to continue and that’s when the magic happened. I relinquished the struggle of trying and dropped my ego. So what if I couldn’t master the poses? At the end of each session, I felt fantastic. I couldn’t quite define it at first, but it was a calm relaxed feeling that washed over me. The stresses of the day melted away and each night after my practice, I slept like a baby. My body also felt looser and less stiff somehow. Changes were happening that I couldn’t even define. But one thing I did know; I wanted more.
Fast forward four years and I am now a qualified Vinyasa yoga teacher after completing oodles of hours of training. My journey may have begun on shaky legs but it began with that one single step. Having the courage to try something new and accept failure were hurdles I had to face but they were all part of my journey. If we wait for things to happen, then probably nothing will ever happen. By bravely taking that first step, all the other steps will follow. And, you don’t have to travel a thousand miles to achieve your goals.
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