When I First Started Yoga

 

The first time I took a yoga class was at the New York Sports Club on the Upper East Side where I was a regular.

Before or after work, I could be found climbing the stair master, riding a stationary bike or running on a treadmill. I was also listening to music on my Walkman, watching TV AND reading a magazine or newspaper ALL at the same time. I also took aerobics classes with really loud music. Needless to say there was always a distraction.

When it was suggested to me that I try yoga (by a holistic practitioner) to help with the many physical and emotional issues I was dealing with, I decided to take class at my gym, because that was the only place I knew that offered one.

That evening, the teacher started us on our backs, watching our breath. I was uncomfortable and my heart was racing. I couldn’t stand it and after just five minutes, I ran out as fast as I could! It was impossible for me to be still and simply to BE without DOING anything. I went back to my distracted gym routine and life.

It was a year before I tried yoga again, at a class a local teacher held at her apartment. It quickly moved to a space in a church when the class size began to grow. Although it was physically incredibly hard, I always felt great afterwards.  I stuck with it, watched my breath, increased my awareness and even enjoyed savasana.

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Twenty three years later, meditation and yoga and the wellness branch of yoga, Ayurveda, are an integral part of my life. The way I live in the world has changed, and I’m healthier than ever. I am grateful to all of my teachers who’ve guided me along the way.

If you’ve tried yoga and meditation before and stopped, consider a different style or another teacher.  People often say to me “I can’t do yoga because I’m not flexible or I have an injury”. To that I say, if you can breathe, you can do yoga.


 
YogaMarjorie Nass