Lessons from the Mat: #7

Lessons from the Mat: #7

Lessons from the Mat is a continuing series of the top 10 things that I have learned since beginning Bikram Yoga. Enjoy!

7.         Let go of expectations and you will enjoy the journey

When I first started practicing Bikram Yoga, I was very self conscious.  I remember taking my first class and wondering what all the other students were going to think of me and my practice.  I had never taken a yoga class before and really didn’t know what to expect in class.  The truth be known, I actually thought we were going to sit in a hot room for 90 minutes and hum.  True statement!  So imagine my surprise when we started moving in the hot room.  Since I had no idea what to do or how to do it, I was forced to listen to the instructor’s dialogue word by word.  The instructions were so detailed that I had to block everything else out of my mind just to get through the practice.  I remember my friend who invited me saying “no one will even pay attention to you” but I didn’t believe her.  You see even though I had been fairly athletic most of my life (and even taught high impact aerobics for years), and I still held a set of expectations for myself that were not realistic.  These beliefs had gotten in my way of  accepting myself “as is” and enjoying the present moment for what it offered.  I am not sure when it happened but sometime in the first year of practicing I just let get of these expectations.  My body craved being in the room and the peace that I felt after practicing made me lose the crazy expectations that I was putting on myself.  Once I made this shift in my thinking, my practice and journey towards mindfulness just took off.

Ok, and now the “rest of the story”.  One of the nicest compliments that I have received over the years about my practice is when a fellow student said “I enjoyed practicing next to you in class today, you were so calm and still”.  In my early years, I would have wanted to have a compliment about my postures or my outfit but it was this compliment that made me realize I was truly on my journey of mindfulness.

Amy Clement is a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor and owns Bikram Yoga Lake Norman. She has practiced Bikram Yoga for over 12 years and still considers herself to be a beginner. She retired from the corporate world after 26 years to purse her passion of sharing this yoga with everyone.  

2016-11-21T13:25:34+00:00 By |Lessons from the Mat|

About the Author:

Amy is an entrepreneur with a passion for whole-body fitness. Her training expertise includes Original Hot Yoga, Inferno Hot Pilates, wellness, business best practices, leadership, training and executive coaching. She is the owner of Bikram Yoga Lake Norman., Pathforward Acadamy and is the founder and creator of HOT 26+ Teacher Training. She has practiced Yoga for over 20 years and became a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor in 2012.

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