As a Yoga teacher, I have had many a stranger come up to me and ask, "How do I start this practice, I'm not even flexible."
To which I chuckle and reply, "Not practicing Yoga is somehow going to make you more flexible?"
To which they usually giggle and reply, "I don't want to look foolish."
Not a single person I know wants to look foolish at anything in their life, but that thought can rob us of so many amazing experiences. We have a duty to be the hero of our story, to be the author of our dreams, to be the courageous heart that is willing to be a beginner time and time again. Life is always offering us moments of expansion and growth.
This post honors all hearts who have been beginners! From parents to practitioners, there is never a perfect time, and lets face it, are we ever truly ready for our lives to change? I came to this practice when I was going through a rather large life changing event and Yoga became a place where I could more easily experience my body and remain present to my emotions. I know I sound like a broken record, but Yoga continually changes my life. I will be a forever student of its teachings.
A beautiful philosophy that Yoga has taught me is to always come to my mat with a beginners mind. If you think about it, everything about us is changing. Our expectations are what trip us up. I know that somedays I show up on my mat and I feel like a modern day rockstar and then other days I show up and feel the weight of life expressing through my body. What about you? How can you incorporate this beginners mindset into your relationships, your job, your interactions with others? Our attachment to what we think should happen robs us of more joy than anything.
As we celebrate National Yoga Month this September, may you be more inclined to be a beginner both on and off of your mat. Allow yourself the grace of showing up in the most authentic way possible. Offer the best to this moment. Be open to the fluid graceful moments of your life. As Anon reminds us, "Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they're meant to be."
May You Sweetly Seek:)