Stepping out of my comfort zone

Today at yoga, Alicia (the instructor) said to us before a difficult series of movements, “If you’ve never fallen on your face you haven’t tried hard enough.

This quote really resonated with me. Sometimes when I’ve done physical things in public lately, I’ve felt a little out of place. I know I shouldn’t, but it’s hard when you’re in a room with 25 other people and you’re obviously the biggest person there. A few months ago, you would have never seen me doing the downward facing dog in public.

Yoga can be very intimidating. When I started up yoga 2 weeks ago, I began with a “Yoga for Dummies” DVD I borrowed from the library. I couldn’t do the downward facing dog or the tree pose. Now, I can do downward facing dog… but I can’t quite get my heels flat on the floor just yet. Each time I do yoga, it gets easier and easier for me to do the poses. I am really enjoying the warrior poses and sun salutations.

I’ll be honest – there are some movements/series that are very difficult for me because of my extra bulk. So I am not advanced into those movements, but I’m still trying. In the sun salutations series, I can’t easily go from plank to lunge or fold because my legs won’t move like that. But I’m ok with it. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone. I feel great. Yoga is doing wonders for my body and my soul. My physical therapist (who I’m seeing for headaches/neck and back pain) said that yoga is a great exercise for me right now. Some day, I want to try Bikram (hot yoga). I’m not ready for that just yet, but I would like to take yoga classes on a regular basis.

I know a lot of people find yoga intimidating, but what I’ve realized now is that no one else in the room is staring at you or judging you. Yoga is a very personal practice. If someone is focusing on you they obviously aren’t going to get as much out of the experience as you will. It doesn’t matter if you can’t do all the poses, you will still get an amazing workout! If I can do yoga, anyone can.

0 Replies to “Stepping out of my comfort zone”

  1. Thanks for the low-down… I’m intimidated by yoga, completely terrified of trying it out because I know I’ll suck. You’ve given me a little boost of courage today. I like your point about if other people are staring they are missing out on their own benefits. Thanks Amy! Great job.

  2. I just tried yoga for the second time this week. This time was much better when I realized no one cared about me. It can be intimidating but I’m glad I tried it. I’m glad you tried too. I love this blog. Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

  3. I recently tried yoga for the first time too and you’re so right — it takes so much focus on yourself that it’s not even possible to look at anyone else in the room! And I would totally love to stare at the people who do it amazingly, but I literally can’t move my gaze while doing the postures. I’m so glad no one’s looking at me though!

  4. I’m so happy you said what I’m always trying to communicate to people- that nobody really cares about what other people look like in these classes! And you’re right- if somebody cares what YOU are doing then they certainly aren’t there for themselves or getting what they should out of the class. So poop on them.

  5. Amy – Just going to the class made me step out of my comfort zone. I don’t like doing things unless I go with someone…

    But I went, alone….and for some reason that in itself felt liberating, and Im sure you feel the same way….

    Way to go… 🙂 I know its not easy, but it will definitely get easier and easier…

  6. Amy – as others have said – I agree so much with the comment about other people watching you. It resonates with me both inside and outside of the fitness arena. There are SO many times I think people are judging me or caring about what I look like in the outfit I’m wearing. Realistically I know that it’s me placing that on other people and that for the most part, no one is even taking a second glance! I’m glad you were able to get past that in yoga – it was a good message!

  7. I had tried yoga classes several times but the moves were just too difficult for me so I thought it was the yoga itself. I purchased the book MegaYoga toward the end of last year. It inspired me. I use my Wii Fit Plus and do Yoga minimum of four mornings a week. The Mega Yoga was written by a Yoga Instructor who is also a plus size model and she explains the modifications for curvy women.

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