Until one is committed, there is a hesitancy, the chance to draw back. The moment one definitely commits oneself then the Universe moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
- JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Beginnings, like endings, can be difficult or exciting. Starting something new implies change, a step toward an eventual goal. Whenever we make an important decision, often the universe will energetically support us. Yoga is really the study of who we are, where we are, and how we can make small changes to our inner and outer self in order to be less pulled by the external world and more in tune with how we feel and how our actions affect those around us.
Learning, practicing, and integrating the various aspects of yoga happen over a long period of time. Yet the benefits can be felt immediately. Increased wellbeing, "I just feel so much better!" - it makes taking the time to practice yoga so much easier, if it feels good and it's fun.
Beware: your initial eagerness and energy may not last. Allow the information to seep into your core gradually and intentionally. There is no rush. It takes time to make a habit, and consistency. Many of us want instant gratification - to learn something instantly and then move on to the next thing. Yet real, lasting inner change takes time. Know that there will be days that the enthusiasm feels lost - there is nothing wrong with you, or your practice. Often all it takes is a nudge to get on the mat and the enthusiasm reappears within the first or second conscious breath or the first Sun Salutation.
"I really regretted going to yoga today." - said no one ever! Seriously though, I have never ever heard anyone say that. Sometimes that is all we need to remember to get on the mat. Some days you may not feel like getting out of bed, and that's okay too! You can always log into a class, stay in bed, and simply breathe in unison with the class. The real yoga is honoring your needs. The important thing is, keep coming back and don't give up.
Your eagerness to learn and the frequency of your practice will affect how quickly you learn. Ideally, we genuinely want to learn and we're able to carve out time in our schedule to do so, and by maintaining a practice long enough, frequently enough real lasting benefits and change sink in. It happens quicker than you think. And you are worth it.
A heart-mind that is fresh and open will absorb information like a sponge. Repetition reinforces knowledge learned by creating a pattern in your heart-mind. Continue to show up for yourself. We will continue to show up for you!
Yoga is a lifestyle designed to develop and refine our body, mind, and heart, our thoughts, words, and actions.
As Steve Jobs once said, "The journey is the reward."
"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self." - The Bhagavad Gita