Taking The First Step

‘Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase’ Martin Luther King, Jr.

I’ll admit it, I’m a worrier. I grew up rather anxious and nervous about just near everything. School, exams, new situations, what lurked in the shed. I thought this worry had lessened over time, and a stronger me emerged as I reached my mid-twenties – but fear and worry can be such a bugger, it can appear out of nowhere just when you thought you were merrily skipping along.

Now I’m getting closer to reaching the big 30 and I do wonder, what is the purpose of fear and is it something we should devote more time to overcoming. I know the basis for fear is rooted in a good place; it’s your body’s way of keeping you out of harm after all – but at what point does it become harmful, do we stop ourselves reaching and doing the things we want?

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For many, this could be the fear of trying something new. Going to a yoga class for the first time can be very daunting; pushing yourself out of your comfort zone isn’t something we all enjoy! For me I remember having a rather vivid conversation with my mum before my first class about what happens if I trump! She just smiled and told me she’d probably laugh at me! Well that didn’t seem like the worse thing to happen, so I went along! (By the by I kept it in, but we still both had a giggle anyway). I hope if this is a fear for you (starting yoga, not trumping) that I can help you overcome it with this website and the classes I can teach you.

For me it was always the idea of doing big things on my own, no comfort blanket of someone you love there. I never wanted to travel alone. I always wanted to explore the world – but never thought I could be strong enough to make it alone. Now I’m facing that fear head on and doing it. It makes me feel slightly queasy and overwhelmed, but I know it’s going to be one of the best things I ever do for myself.

So this is me taking the first step, flights booked and bag – well nowhere near packed, but it’s my first step. I encourage you to take your first step too with me, if that’s dipping your toe into starting a yoga practise, or even thinking about travelling on your own, then let’s do it together. If we learn to break down our fear step by step we can conquer it.