Yoga Begins Now

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by Trish Reyburn

I was introduced to yoga

when I was 5.

Or 4.

My two big sisters, who were in their late teens in the early 1970s, had just arrived home from their first yoga class.
I didn’t know that they were going to class and I had never heard of yoga before, but this is what I remember thinking and experiencing:

Rose and Cathy are home. I’m in the living room on the floor in front of the TV. I heard them coming through the front door talking together as they entered the living room, and then they quickly come into the Big Room to ask me, “Tricia, can you lift your legs above your head?”

I spin away from the television with my curiosity piqued and ask, “How do you do it?” Cathy pipes in, “All right, lie on your back and lift your legs up towards the ceiling. Then kick your legs over your head. Now bring your hands behind your back so you can lift your legs higher.”

“See, she can do it because she’s just a little kid!!”

My sister Cathy was my first yoga instructor. I did headstands on the couch and in chairs before that, though. I also played with the door stop behind the front door for seemingly long periods of time, twang, twang, twang, twang, twang. Later, I fell in love with singing!

My other early childhood memory is of sticking my finger in the light socket next to the front door, repeatedly.
But that’s a story for another time.

My next introduction to yoga was in 1995.

I was lost and had no direction in my life. I was desperately seeking a way out of my misery.

My partner at the time said these words:, “Maybe you should try yoga.” And I had a moment.

I said the word in my mind, “YYYYYYYOOOOOOOGGGGGGGAAAAAAAAA.”
And I recalled a faint memory of hearing of it once long ago.

I received a firm YES, that yoga was something I wanted to try.

  • Yoga did help me.
  • Yoga has helped me.
  • Yoga is helping me.
  • Yoga will help me.

Yoga is expansive and offers us the opportunity to also become more expansive. Yoga is the juice that guides us towards self-realization. Postures are involved, but yoga is not all about the postures. Breath is involved (and yes,yoga is all about the breath but, also, so much more). The foundations of the practice are the ways in which we choose to build our lives.

Yoga asks me, “What kind of person do you want to be?”

There is mantra, and mudra, and ritual that is part of the practice.
A reverence for life.
Myths that teaches us who we are and what we are capable of, as well.

How were you introduced to yoga?

Chant Patanjali’s 1st Yoga Sutra
AT-ha YOG-a ANU-SHA-SA-NUM

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