It was the early seventies when I took my first yoga class, I went on to take a few more then that was the end of that. Don’t remember much except the odd ritual of laying in stillness and taking a mental journey through my body. Yoga wasn’t for me, I moved on to faster paced activities like racket sports, running and cycling and somewhere along the way, I took up golf.
Fast forward a whole bunch of years; I now feel disinterested in those fast paced activities. I need something new, something that will carry me into my advancing years and compliment my growing passion for golf. Hmm, yoga?
I have to admit It wasn’t an easy transition, from aerobic workouts to stretching, bending, balancing and so many poses to learn. Not to mention yoga hadn’t changed over the years, there is still lying in stillness at the end of every class. I would learn it’s an actual yoga pose called shavasana, a.k.a. corpse pose.
The easiest pose in yoga would turn out to be the most challenging for me. I would think “a total waste of time” and would discreetly do leg lifts for a bit of “ab” work. I hung in there doing a few classes a week and before I knew it, I was hooked. It wasn’t too long after, I caught myself in shavasana relishing in the stillness, enjoying the serenity of letting go and just being—no ab work. This yogini has mastered her first yoga pose.
Now, fast forward another bunch of years. I have no expectations; I enjoy yoga, so I do it. I show up for classes and go with the flow, pun intended. Practicing regularly has brought steady progress and every once in a while, usually unexpectedly, my body takes me to a new place that I once thought impossible. These accomplishments are inspiring but more importantly yoga is keeping my body strong and healthy. It has created a calmness within which serves me well both on and off my mat. Giving yoga another chance was a very good decision and when I think about the years ahead, I can’t imagine my life without yoga.
Contributed by Sarah Sharpe