Last year, during my research into retirement transition I discovered a tool I’m calling 10 Lives. The tool has you list 10 lives you’d like to live and then “Pick one and just do it for a month.” It was a way of trying to overcome one of my fears with starting something – my fear of committing to something long term. I choose to take up yoga.
I had been given a yoga mat about 5 years ago as a Christmas present from my husband when I mentioned I was interested in trying yoga. Yes, he listened and yes, that was 5 years ago. So this has been on my possibilities list for a long time. It fit into the “what are you waiting for?” conversation I’ve had with myself. Besides the fear of commitment, I was also afraid of looking incompetent as a beginner – an “old” beginner whose body cannot do a lot of those yoga moves.
But the one-month commitment gave me a feeling of “OK, I can do anything for one month!” Even look bad.
I bought a one-month pass and took a 50+ class to start. And went back to another class, even though I felt completely uncomfortable the first class. And then went back for a third. I had bought a full month and was not going to waste the money! My goal that first month became to do 3-4 classes a week, trying different classes and instructors. Once I make a commitment, I’m a very strong follow-through person!
So after a month of yoga….. I am sticking with it. My new year’s goal is 2 classes a week. I’m more comfortable in class, but also know I need to find instructors that deal well with beginners as well as have a more “nurturing personality”. And I need to listen to my own body. I’m continuing the 50+ class, and sometimes I take a very challenging class with a wonderfully nurturing instructor. I’m still very much a beginner, but even in 2 months now of classes, I can see an improvement in my flexibility and strength.
So, now I need to pick another “10 Lives” life and commit to it for one month! Which should it be? (February is the month.)