Here's a confession: I have been letting fear dictate what I do and do not do for most of my life. The most recent absurd manifestation of this has been in my reluctance to try a session of hot yoga.
I live a few blocks away from a hot yoga studio called Modo Yoga, and for the past year and a half I have watched yogis walk by my apartment with their mats and water bottles in tow. And I have longed to join them every single time I see them.
So, this week I finally signed up for an inexpensive introductory month with this studio. I decided to enroll while on a caffeine high so that I wouldn't talk myself out of it. And then I went—by myself—to do yoga in a 100 degree room full of sweaty strangers.
My yoga supplies
Before I took my first class, I wanted to feel prepared and confident. I'm trying to watch my spending, but this was an exception: I have been desperate for an extracurricular, out of the house activity for years.
I sprang for a new yoga mat, and I was pleased to see that Gaiam (a big name in the yoga world and the producer of my favorite yoga app) has a solid definition of their social responsibility and ethics.
I knew I would sweat, but I had no idea how much. I was literally raining sweat while holding certain poses, but it wasn't weird since I was with thirty other yogis sweating just as much. Listening to all the quiet drip-drops of sweat was kind of soothing, like raindrops on a roof.
The verdict: sweaty...but satisfying
I ended up enjoying the class so much that I came back for another one the next morning. My intro month is $40 for thirty days of unlimited yoga, so I'm pumped to keep this up a few times a week throughout July.
After that, I found that there's an energy exchange program that offers free unlimited yoga if you volunteer with the studio for four hours a week. Four hours of getting out of the house and meeting new people in exchange for unlimited hours of getting out of the house and meeting new people while doing yoga? It's a win-win.
This is a very specific experience, but I wanted to share it with you since it felt like such a huge milestone for me. Getting out of the house to try new things on my own has never exactly been my forte, and I know there are others struggling with the same thing.
So go ahead, try that new thing that you've been putting off. The worst thing that could happen is that you realize you don't like it. Either way, you'll be moving forward.
Have you tried yoga or hot yoga? What do you think of it?