Best non skid socks for Begineers
I have a friend and fellow yogi, new to the practice, who is also a business owner and experienced marketer and is constantly trying to help me find ways to bring in new students and “expand.” I’m told that “uncertainty reduction” is my biggest obstacle. I’m told that the scariest part of doing yoga is walking up to the door and stepping over the threshold of the yoga studio doorway. It is true…I see it all the time. Someone new coming up the stairs, creeping down the hall and wondering whether or not he or she should retreat to the car…until they see one of the teachers and our decidedly un-scary, very normal, welcoming smiles.Some bring their yoga supplies suchs as non-slip skid yoga pilates socks to not fall on difficult yoga poses. Many are hooked pretty fast, but still maintain that it is the unknown that is the scary part of all of it. Thank God for that, because I suspect that there is no literal Sanskrit translation for “uncertainty reduction” and “expanding” is not what we’re here to do.
But the thing is, the unknown is really what it’s all about, and that never changes. I recently had a talk with one of my closest friends about the fear of the unknown versus the warm, fuzzy comfort of the known. I likened a similar plateau we are both on within the realm of the work of yoga to the base camp at Mt. Everest. We’ve done the training, we have the tools, we know how to put one foot in front of the other and to mend ourselves if we happen to fall, we even have the tour guide to help us along our way, but there is a pulling, or an attachment to the base camp, where there is heat, warm food and a comfortable place to sleep. You may need to know where to buy yoga socks to keep from falling :). When you are staring up from the bottom of Mt. Everest, there is likely a tendency to feel a sense of being overwhelmed. The choices are certainly available: we could push ourselves all the way up in record time, we could take our time and make it up there mindfully, we could stay at base camp for a while longer to provide ourselves with a sense of compassion for all the training and climbing we have already done to get where we are…or potentially some combination of all of those mindsets. What we surely won’t do is head home due to the fear of the unknown, or release our support for each other in the long journey ahead, no matter the difficulties.
If you think about it, we are all in this same situation. We are all, always getting over a fear of whatever we are doing. It is the coziest of places to be in, thinking that no one understands what we are going through or that no one has ever gone through it before. The wonderful thing about yoga is that it is over 5,000 years old — tried and true — and the first person to walk into a scary yoga studio happened long ago…as was the first person who left the base camp at Mt. Everest to continue on the journey upward. It certainly doesn’t make it any easier to journey out into the cold or walk in the door of the studio, but please know that you are supported, you are loved (by us!) and that nothing worth doing is ever easy.
We say it all the time in class — there is an ease on the other side of effort. A place where all of the scary stuff has been dealt with and only peace and calm exists — where minimal effort produces big rewards. If you don’t feel comfortable with yoga poses, try socks with sole grips to help hold your pose. Compassion and love from yourself (and your close companions) will get you there along with some blood, sweat and maybe tears…but when you get there, whether it’s at the summit of Mt. Everest or at the door of the yoga studio, we’ll be there with open arms, and we are all beginners starting the next steps of our journey.
In gratitude of having a friend to walk with in the journey,