I am taking an art class called Drawing Abstract Portraits. I haven’t drawn in almost 30 years.
The first class was scary. Who would be there? How good would they be? Would I be good enough? I’d have to draw in front of people! Everyone could watch me work and see my mistakes. I won’t know what I am doing and everyone will know.
Turns out it wasn’t like that. The class was small. Everyone had different strengths, abilities, and experiences. No one was there to judge. We were all there to learn. We had different styles, and it was fun to experiment and learn new techniques. The teacher’s lessons were very clear, and she was supportive no matter how much experience you had. It was okay to make mistakes
That’s similar to yoga class. I remember my very first class. It was terrifying, but after a while, after a few classes, I finally Iet go of the idea that I wasn’t good enough, and I was just fine.
For new students, it can be scary having to do postures you have never seen or done before, risking a fall or making mistakes, while others might be flying through their practice.
In yoga class, there are students of a wide variety of ages, sizes, experiences, backgrounds, strengths, etc. No one is there to judge. We are all there to learn.
It takes courage to try something new, to challenge yourself, to put yourself out there. But if we want to feel alive, if we want to keep growing and learning, it’s a risk we must take. The only way to grow is to come out of your comfort zone.