Do you get out of your comfort zone, regularly, or do you tend to do the same things over and over that come naturally easy? Is trying something new terrifying or exhilarating?
Growing up, I was good at a lot of things. I excelled in arts as well as sports. Things came naturally to me and if I couldn’t do them well, I just didn’t do them. It became stupid or un-useful. Math was one of these things, but that’s a post for another time.
What has changed so much for me these days,is that when I realize I can’t do something, it becomes this amazing opportunity to keep trying until I can. Because, quite frankly, I KNOW that I can do anything that I want to do. And so can you.
The perfect examples for me, happen in yoga class these days. I’ve been pushing myself to do “harder” yoga classes, like hot yoga and yoga flows. There’s a really great Detox class I do at Happy Tree on Thursday nights. My new realization that yoga can actually be FUN and ENJOYABLE, started just over a month ago when I attended my first hot yoga class in years. I had broken up with hot yoga, after a love affair/codependent relationship with Moksha about 5 years ago. I was addicted to Moksha, seriously, and like cigarettes, quit when I found out I was pregnant with Babe (yes, I used to light up a smoke after leaving my hot yoga class!) But last month, a friend invited me to a hot yoga class and because it was bloody snowing in mid-april, I accepted.
I knew it was going to be challenging. I knew I’d sweat. But I didn’t know I’d laugh. I was able to be in the class with a childlike curiosity. Feeling all the new things my body had never done before. Poses I tend to avoid like Dancer and Half Moon and side plank.
I took the suggested additions to the poses most of the time to see just how far I could go. The intention I’d set at the beginning of the class was Strength and Vitality (or I am strong and energetic). I kept coming back to that and trying the crazy things. Sometimes I fell out of the postures and it was hilarious. I don’t know if the teacher misinterpreted my laughter or if she “got” my bliss.
The best moment was toward the end of class. The teacher, Sonya brought us into a supported back bend. Then a bridge. And then the option of bridge again or coming into wheel. And I did it. I was scared but I just did it.
I don’t think I’d done wheel since I was a five year old gymnast. Exhilarating.
Since Sonya’s hot yoga class that broke the ice, I’ve regularly been going to these challenging classes. I’ve been pushing to my max, knowing the worst thing that can happen is I fall. And I do fall. And then I laugh and get back up. Did you know it’s okay to laugh in a yoga class?! The other day I got myself all wound up into Bird of Paradise!
Whether you actually do yoga or not, it’s not the point of this post. The take away: We are capable of doing absolutely anything we can conjure up. The universe is infinite and so are our possibilities. Since realizing this, my life is changing drastically. Life, to me, is as exiting as it is to my four year old.
May we all live with the curiousity and joie de vivre that our kids do!