I feel vulnerable when I’m trying something new, something I have little or no experience with. For some reason, yoga makes me feel incredibly vulnerable. Recently I decided to give it a try anyway.
Physically, I was somewhat limited, because I was recovering from an illness. Yoga was suggested as a way to gain strength back and manage stress. For several sessions, Andrew Seifert, of Good Vibrations Yoga, came to my home for private lessons. At the time, I wasn’t even strong enough to go to his studio.
Quickly, I realized that my reservation in embracing yoga had to do with my dislike of being present when I’m uncomfortable. It’s funny how the symptom is often the antidote: Yoga has everything to do with being present. To my surprise, I found comfort and relief in even just breathing.
The more I did yoga, the more I learned what a valuable tool it was for healing. Soon I was taking what I was learning in yoga and using it in my day-to-day life.
Growth occurs when we embrace our vulnerability. I was so afraid of being present when I wasn’t feeling well, that I lost sight of how vital it was for me to get present in order to heal.