Tuesday, October 2, 2007

So maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks

Most of my adult life I've intended to try yoga. Everything I read about it led me to believe it would be a good fit, yet for some reason I never took the plunge.

Last week, thanks to some serious prodding by my friend Paul, I finally attended my first class and now I'm kicking myself for waiting so long. It's everything I hoped it would be and much, much more.

I left that first session with an indescribable feeling of well-being, a natural high. Since then I've experienced classes with 4 different teachers and each session was varied but just as wonderful. I'm not very flexible and can't do everything the teachers demonstrate but it doesn't matter. The practise encourages you to do whatever feels comfortable. There is no sense of competition, or even comparison. Meditation is a big part of the experience and finding inner balance and peace is stressed. I've never been a big fan of stretching but that has all changed. The room is beautiful with a waterfall cascading down one wall and a view of the forest through the windows. The candles are lit and the background music creates a mood that helps you transcend the world you leave at the door.

I've only had a taste of what the ancient art of yoga has to offer and I look forward to learning so much more.

I will now check yoga off my list of things I must try some day. Next on the list: tap dancing! Who's in?

Nameste



15 comments:

giggles said...

Sold! I have always been curious about it too! Pepper asked for a yoga mat and dvd for Christmas but has yet to have time to break it open. Maybe
I will christen it! One of my artist friends ex hubby is a yoga Zen master with incredible balance in his life. Something I could use more of! Thanks for sharing!

Hugs Sherrie

Leslie said...

Good on you, Shelley. It sounds like this could be a really good fit for you. You already radiate so much inner peace I don't know if I will be able to stand it if you become even more serene. Hopefully some of it can be telepathically transfered to the stressed out people surrounding you!

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