Being a beginner

This last week has been all about new beginnings for me.

I celebrated another birthday which was nice, taking the day off and generally chilled with my partner. Hannah bought me an awesome present – A book called “The Yoga of the Yogi” by Kausthub Desikachar, Krishnamacharya’s Grandson. It’s a lovely book which I bought as a present for a friend a while ago and before I wrapped it up I had a flick through it and found it rather inspiring. The book was printed by The Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and is nigh impossible to get hold of in England.

I also started a beginners guitar course with a teacher called Zac through Evolution. He’s got a great informal teaching style which I’m enjoying. I’ve wanted to learn to play guitar for years and I bought a guitar at the end of last year on impulse. But making any nice sounds come out of it has proven completely elusive. So I’m a beginner learning to play guitar and I definitely don’t sound cool. But that’s ok!

Sarah also moved me onto finishing primary series which caught me a bit by surprise! I’ve been on Kurmasana and Baddha Konasana for over a year and I’d forgotten what comes next.

It makes me realise how comfortable I’ve become with the first part of the series – which of course is great! I’m not saying I’m “good” at any of the postures but I have a flow to my practice which I’ve been taking for granted. Having new asanas to deal with has thrown me a bit.

So there’s just no way that I can look or sound cool and be a beginner, so the other option is to have fun and enjoy learning and practicing these new asanas and guitar. Allowing myself to be a beginner. Rather refreshing – and certainly less pressure on myself.

Both Sarah and Shari have been great guiding me along the way and I’m struck by how lucky we are to have two excellent teachers with us right now! It’s also been nice to see some new faces (new to me anyway) and the numbers are good at the moment too. It’s so energising practice with a room full of people.

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