Hey Hey! I know I said the last time that I was hibernating and I’d be more regular with my posts, that I won’t make you wait this long…. And I didn’t keep my promise! Sorry! Give me another chance, please oh please? I will keep you engaged with killer posts, I swear, really, no looking back this time!
So, here it is, I have something quite exciting to tell you! I met someone, someone that makes me excited to wake up early in the morning, thrice a week. Yeah, early and morning in the same sentence is coming from me, unbelievable isn’t it? This someone is absolutely refreshing, absolutely breathtaking! You’re trying to imagine a handsome face, a physique, beautiful eyes, lustrous hair, aren’t you? Well, this someone is a little more than that! This someone is my new comrade and its called ‘YOGA’! (Gotcha! 😉 )
As a growing child and a teenager, I was constantly advised to go for yoga because I developed asthma at the age of 11. They’d say yoga will rid you of your wheezing, allergies and asthma, it will all go out the window. Frankly, I never believed in it, I was never convinced of it. Though I wasn’t convinced, I gave in and tried YOGA while I was in college. To begin with, I am not a morning person at all! I just don’t function in the morning, a proud night owl, you see! So, this yoga class I took was at 6 am in the morning and I’d struggle out of bed around 5.15 am to make it on time. I despised every second of the class, and often I’d be dosing off in between Aasanas. Obviously, I didn’t continue that class. That was my first encounter with yoga, that everyone so reassuringly promised would be fruitful. Honestly, I will admit that I never gave it a chance. I didn’t go with faith, I went with a mouthful of curses and groggy, sleepy eyes. Nothing works like that, right? Well, that was the younger me!
Recently, as I was fighting several battles within me, I felt I should give yoga another chance. It wasn’t like I thought it on Monday and went for class on Wednesday. No! It wasn’t a cake walk for me. I inquired about class and the timings around July, I guess. I told myself, first let’s just try and wake up in the morning. I failed, miserably and so I kept pushing the class away. I’d tell myself, Hema, next week you will show up. Next week! (Yeah, I talk to myself, I think it’s a very cool thing :D) Hand on my heart, this next week hadn’t come until the end of August. But but, September began and I showed up for my first class on 11th September, 2017! Yay, Eureka moment! So, I met my new comrade on 11th September, 2017 on the 12th floor! ( I kid you not, the view from this floor, is bliss! I love the morning sun peeping in, the view of the Chembur-Sion Trombay road and a slight overview of the freeway!)
At first, it all seemed alien to me, the instructions, the mat, the stretches, everything. But it felt fresh, like roses in a garden. Honestly, sometimes, the instructions are still alien to me. I never say it out loud but I have a major right left confusion, I tend to do the reverse when someone says right leg and left hand! Yeah, that’s just me! (Hides her face).
Slowly, as days progressed, I began to enjoy class and developed a love-hate relationship with the Friday circuit. I began to enjoy waking up in the morning, I began to appreciate my body. This is coming from someone who’d self body shame to now loving my body, embracing every curve! So, my new comrade, YOGA, has been a pleasure to meet, know and experience!
A few things that YOGA taught me:
Breathe: Whatever it is, pain, happiness, anger, anxiety, just breathe. It’s all about breathing well, acknowledging your breath and being thankful for it!
You get better: There isn’t anything like you can’t. Just keep at it, do it till your best capacity, eventually you get better.
Stay grounded: It ensures you stay grounded. Actually, sort of cuts your ego nice and hard. You could be a CEO of a company, a Rock star breathing stardom, but that one aasana, one stretch, could challenge your every bone and muscle!
Core strength: Its all about building core strength. On the outside there could be a million things you show, but its all about the strength within.
My favorite core strength exercise is the elbow plank! (Ever tried it? Quite a task it is!)
I’d like to thank my trainer Dhwani Vira, (who is of course fit as a fiddle), for being patient, firm and excellent at what she does day after day!
So, now you know my new comrade! Would you like to give YOGA a shot too? If you’ve been considering it, I’d say go for it!
If you have any experiences or learning to share from your encounter with YOGA, feel free to do so in the comments below.