Class started at 5.
I might have been a little bit anxious.
I packed and repacked my bag, refilled my water bottle half a dozen times, ran to the bathroom half a dozen times and tried every hairstyle I knew.
It was ridiculous.
And I don’t want you to have to go through the same worry.
What do you really need?
Not that much.
A mat, if you have one. A towel works too. As an instructor, I try to have an extra mat or two for newcomers.
Clothes you can move in. And hopefully don’t slide down too much (you don’t want to be hiking your pants up all the time) and hopefully aren’t see-through in downward dog (the scourge of the yoga community).
Water. We’re just stretching, you think? Good luck. I sweat more during a yoga practice than I do when I do interval training. I get really thirsty.
A strap, if you have one. Or an old necktie. Or a jump rope. A block is nice, too. Props and helpers aren’t a sign you’re weak. They are invaluable tools that can help anyone get deeper into poses. They can also be that extra inch that gets you into a pose for the first time.
A blanket or towel, if you want. Especially helpful if you have back or knee issues, you can roll it up to place under your hips or knees. Or, if you’re like me, you get cold in the final resting pose and need a little covering.
Except for one thing.
And it’s the most important.
You can leave all of the rest of that at home, as long as you bring this:
an open and willing heart and attitude.
A heart that seeks God.
A heart that wants to hear from Him.
Friends, don’t put limits on where and how God can speak to you. It demeans Him. It puts Him in a box. And it sets up a barrier between you and Him.
And be willing to try poses, even if you think there’s no way. Your teacher should give you many different directives and modifications so that your practice can grow.
What do you stress over when trying something new?