Sunday, January 12, 2014

[What are you afraid of?]

[image found via Pinterest]

I've been thinking about something lately. About how we limit our lives at times because we're afraid of failure or because we're afraid to try something new.

My husband gave me a gift certificate for Moksha Yoga a year ago for Christmas. Guess who hasn't used it?

I have never been athletic. I occasionally enjoy biking, hiking and nature walks but by no means am I athletic. Even way back in school I always had a hard time with phys ed classes. I often skipped them so I wouldn't have to exercise in front of others (oli paljon mukavampaa käydä Stockalla hattuja kokeilemassa tai isolla jädeannoksella Hakaniemen Torin kahvilassa). Skating was pretty much the only thing I felt comfortable doing in front of others. Isn't that crazy? I don't know where my shyness about exercising in front of others comes from. And don't even mention about being shy to dance in front of others. We won't go there!

So I have this dilemma - I want to try Moksha Yoga. But I'm scared I'll make a total idiot of myself. I'm not flexible (an understatement if there ever was one!). I'm not in great shape (another understatement!). I feel that even the beginner class won't be "beginner enough" for me. I wonder if there is a "can't bend in any which way" class available? 

So how do you overcome your fears? I honestly don't know. I'm still working on it. I'll let you know if I'll figure it out. I do believe that I will have to start small. Maybe start by imagining myself in a yoga class. Once I start to feel comfortable with just the idea of doing yoga, then maybe I will want to go do it more than I am afraid of it.


  1. Hi Sansku, like you I am sometimes afraid by what to others may seem small to me are mountains eg. driving with lots of vehicles around. I would probably look for Moksha Yoga on UTube and see if there is any video of someone else doing it and even try a little in the safety of the house. Good Luck :-)

    1. I'm sure most of us struggle with one fear or another. Great idea to learn more about Moksha Yoga. Knowledge brings power! Thank you for your comment!

  2. I felt the same way about yoga, but then my Aunt set up a girls night that kicked off with a private Yoga class for just a few of us. It was SO much fun. I loved it. And it was really relaxed. I think finding the right instructor is important.
    Also, I was terrified of running, but it's one of my favorite activities now. Just downloaded an app, took a deep breath and shoved myself out the door.

    1. That's what I need to do. Just do it! For the longest time I couldn't even think about exercising due to fibromyalgia pain but I have found relief for the pain and for the first time in a long time, feel like I could possibly do it. I'm trying to talk myself into going. I hope I can do it. Thank you for your comment! It helps knowing someone else has done it. :)


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