Community Voices: First Yoga Experience
Do you remember the details of your first yoga experience?
When I arrived at the building, it wasn't what I expected. I had to ring a buzzer, walk through a courtyard, up some stairs, and finally to a door with just a number on it. Upon entering, the smell of burning incense tickled my nose and I saw some mystical statues and photos looking back at me. I was greeted by her partner, who I knew as a boat-loving Vancouverite, but what I didn't know, was that he was also a yoga instructor.
He introduced me to yoga that evening. During my first class, I learned that he lived for several years with Swami Vishnudevananda, at the young Sivananda Headquarters in Canada. After that evening, I was hooked, and I can say that my life has been forever changed.
I am now a long-time Sivananda Yoga teacher spreading the wisdom of yoga around the globe with my company, Nectar Yoga. I truly believe "what's for you won't pass you," even if you're not looking.
The biggest challenge I had was finding the time and being able to go to classes consistently. I would manage to go once or twice a week for a while and then I would let life get in the way and stop for three months. My yoga teacher was amazing and very attentive to his students. Occasionally, when I was not getting to class, he would give me a friendly call and encourage me to come back. It always worked and slowly I became more and more consistent. I simply loved the quiet space and the physically demanding postures. My body and my mind began a slow transformation."
It was all very new to me. I was a little anxious. I found it difficult to remember all the different asanas, especially the different parts to Saludo al Sol (sun salutation) and to co-ordinate the breath. I persevered though. At the end of the class, we lay in Savasana and my mind was jumping around like a monkey. I thought: you think they'd mind if I left early? I didn't leave though. I persevered.
Now I attend yoga classes twice a week. It's like going home, comfort food. Some of the asanas are like my favourite shoes or jumper. They just fit.