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Sowing The Seeds of ‘Maybe’

Happy Spring everyone!

At the beginning of this year, our community was tasked with choosing a one-word intention as opposed to a new year’s resolution. My word is ‘maybe’. I chose ‘maybe’ because it represents possibility and is a reminder for me to be more open and less rigid.

Part of my ‘maybe’ has been to start exercising regularly to ‘maybe’ help my body be a stronger, healthier version of itself. To begin this process, I decided to regularly take yoga classes. I began going to a local yoga studio near our home in the Catskills. The classes are not very big, and the majority of the yoga practitioners are all around my age. This is important because my heart is so much happier not practicing my yoga near a bunch of super bendy twenty-somethings. 

I mean, I am healthily competitive by nature. That competitiveness has served me very, very well…. except in exercise classes. When I was younger, I had to jump higher, punch harder, dance better, run faster, lift more than anyone else in the room. As a consequence, I often find going to exercise classes very unnerving and intimidating.

Well, not only does my body no longer do things, fastest, strongest, highest, or bendiest, I don’t want it to. At this point in my life, as I approach my fifty-ninth birthday next month. I want my body to work right at its edge. No farther!

 I just want it to be as healthy as possible…. I know, I sound like a broken record but that’s because this is an essential truth for me.

So here I am. I’ve been going to my yoga classes regularly for months now and I am really feeling the incremental changes. Bit by bit, I am getting stronger and more flexible. I can feel the disparate abilities on each side of my body evening out, becoming more balanced. I sleep better. Even my lung capacity has increased with the yogic breathing. On top of all that, the mindfulness that is part and parcel of any yoga practice has brought me a real sense of calm and self-awareness. The great thing about this, is that it has been gradual yet steady enough, that I am constantly surprised and motivated to go a teeny bit further each class. I am listening to my body in new and incredible ways. I love my yoga practice. I really, really, do. It is exactly what my body needs right now.

All of this said, there has been the most remarkable added bonus of becoming a part of the yoga community up here. Our classes are made up of mostly women and a few brave men all of whom are around the same age, so we all have that in common and it makes our classes so darn lovely. We actually laugh when we can’t quite do something, as opposed to feeling intimidated or bad. We support each other. We share what we are going through in our lives and we share our open hearts and minds.

Our teachers are each different and amazing. Each of them has their own energy and their own way of guiding us through and even when the class is tough as all get out, there is a sense that we are all in this together and we are going to get through it. Also, when the weather warms, we practice outside by the lake under an enormous shade sail…what is better than that, I ask you?

I guess the lesson in all this is one I preach regularly but has been demonstrated to me in the most beautiful way; 

Staying curious as we age really is the gift that keeps giving. 

My mind, body and soul feel fulfilled. I feel so good giving this level of care to all of me

AND…. I have made some really wonderful new friends. That is a gift at any age but a true treasure when one is over fifty.

So, I would like to take this moment to send oceans of love to Shain Fishman, who owns Highland Yoga and Dance Inc. and who has created this environment where our community can come together to share something truly magical.

Now my questions for you are, 

“What have you been curious about that you can do, see, read or find?” “Is there room in your life for new friends?”  

and finally, maybe it’s time for you to say ‘Maybe’ too.

Love and love,