Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
Many yoga studios (Keene Yoga Center included!) offer many options for classes and styles. The variety alone can be overwhelming. Once you find a class you really like, it’s tempting to just stick with that one and not explore all of the other options you have available. You know what to expect, you’re familiar with the teacher, and it happens at a time that works well for you. This consistency is a hugely gratifying part of your practice. And then one day it happens: maybe there’s a sub for your favorite teacher. Maybe you have a meeting scheduled in the morning so you go to an evening class instead. Or maybe you’re just in a “yoga rut” and you need to try something completely new.
So you show up to a new experience, and it illuminates your practice in a completely new way. It may be a little uncomfortable at first. You crave that regularity, that reliable feeling and flow. New yoga experiences come in many forms. It could be as simple as attending a class taught by a teacher who doesn’t play music during class, or who plays a different style of music than you’re used to, when your ears are accustomed to a familiar soundtrack. Or it might be exploring a type of yoga you’ve never tried before, or beginning to incorporate inversions into your practice, or taking the plunge into teacher training. Whatever forms your new experiences take, I recommend relaxing into the unknown and embracing the discomfort of trying something new. Maybe you’ll leave with new insights about yourself or your practice– anything from “I loved it!” to “I’m not sure if that’s for me.” Either way, it’s exhilarating to get out of your comfort zone, to do something you didn’t think you could do, or never considered trying before.
Not sure where to start? Some possibilities for classes you might not have experienced include… Aerial Yoga, offered Tuesdays at 4:00 and 5:15pm and Fridays at 5:00pm, Ashtanga Yoga, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00am, JourneyDance on Wednesdays at 9:00am, or a Morning Hot Vinyasa class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30am.
Interested in exploring beyond regular classes? There’s Teacher Training, starting November 3rd (if you missed out this time, check the KYC website from time to time for any future teacher training programs, run by Sadhana Yoga School). And did you know that KYC also has a Book Club? The next meeting (November 28 from 6:00 to 7:00pm) will discuss Danna Faulds’ book One Soul: More Poems From the Heart of Yoga. Keene Yoga Center also regularly hosts workshops on a wide variety of topics.
Especially as we approach the darker part of the year, mixing up your routine and trying something new can help you avoid feeling stuck and gloomy, and can cast a little illumination on your life as a whole.
Written by Grace Martin
Grace Martin is a library assistant and aspiring writer who loves food, fiber arts, and reading any book she can get her hands on. She was drawn to yoga in early 2017, and enjoys incorporating aspects of meditation and ritual into her practice. She has lived in Keene for the past two years.