As cliche as it sounds, I’m not sure if I chose yoga, or yoga chose me.
8 years ago, when I was just 18 with a long break before commencing my university studies, I decided to pick up something new. I have no recollection on how I found out about Bikram Yoga but decided to go for a trial class at a Bikram Yoga Studio in City Hall, Singapore. Being an avid runner back then, I remembered trying it out and finding it more “fun” than running. However, due to financial constraints, I decided to continue with running and stopped after taking 2-3 lessons.
Moving forward, in the beginning of 2018, I walked past and caught a glimpse of the opening of a yoga studio. Intuitively, I picked up a brochure at their door and decided to sign up for the 5-classes trial package with my ex-boyfriend. Honestly, the first few classes weren’t that awesome for me. I felt that it was too slow-paced, I wasn’t flexible enough (during a forward bend, my hands were at the top of my shins) and it was absolute torture for me to lean my body weight on my weak knees – think camel pose, rabbit pose, even child’s pose. In addition, I couldn’t take the class seriously and was giggling at my ex-boyfriend’s ability to perspire which led to a massive “pond” on his mat. The words used by the teachers were too vague and mystical for me to comprehend back then.
That turning point came when I went for the last class in the trial package alone. I concentrated more on my breath, on alignment cues and used my best efforts to internalise and reflect during the short meditating session.
Focus on the present moment.
This was the main message that stays close to my heart till now. More often that not, we think about what could’ve been or spend time worrying about something that has yet to happen. But every thought like this deprives us from enjoying at that very moment.
I stepped out of the studio feeling like a rainbow unicorn – there was something inside me that felt great, and it was definitely more than the adrenaline pumping after a great workout.
A few weeks after this yoga experience, I was in-between jobs with a week’s break between the two. That was when the magic happened. I researched online and decided to pick up a week’s trial with HOM Yoga. And here I am, typing this after two hot classes this morning. 7 months into this and I still can’t get enough of it!