Good company always makes a journey pleasanter. That applies even when the journey in question is the one to “yogi-hood.” In fact, I’d say it is especially true for such a journey because in my experience (limited as it is), yoga isn’t for the faint-hearted. A thirst for adventure and a passion for the divine have kept me rolling along, but I’ve also been supported in liberal doses by my friends who are “yoga nuts,” too.
There’s many little things this group has done for me, but let me point out four ways how having a support group of fellow wannabe-yogis has made my life easier and simpler.
Waking up early in the morning has most definitely not gotten any easier, but at least I do wake up now instead of just hitting the snooze button and covering myself with a blanket. My friends have helped me stay hooked to my practice and ensured I don’t skip out on my yoga because I’m lazy, sleepy or otherwise generally disinclined.
I’ve learned a whole lot of things I wouldn’t have found out by myself, or even if I had, would probably have taken a lot longer to figure out after much trial-and-error. For example, my friends pointed me in the right direction where I could get genuine rudraksha beads — my first yoga “accessory” after my yoga mat. (I already had yoga pants before I got into yoga. They were just so comfy!)
I also learnt the trick of keeping my body comfortable when I sit to meditate for longer periods of time. I had always been using my mat as is, until one of my friends pointed out that I’d be much more comfortable if I used a small cushion or a folded cloth to raise my body a few inches above my legs. And voila! My knees weren’t cursing me 25 minutes into my meditation anymore. They stay quiet for 45 minutes now. Continue reading >>