Why do I feel drawn to yoga?

The first time that I went out on the mat at a yoga stu­dio, I felt as if I belonged there. Even though the moves were dif­fi­cult and it cost me to get into the posi­tions, it felt as though I belonged there. The pro­gres­sion through the moves cul­mi­nated in an intense ache in my mus­cles, joints and lungs. I sweated pro­fusely. It cost me dearly to recover from each sequences, and my breath­ing fre­quently fell o ut of rhythm with the move­ments. But when I set­tled into savasana at the end, I felt an over­whelm­ing release, an open­ing within my torso, my trunk as if a tan­gle of obsta­cles had been cleared away by the rush of breath, blood and energy. I lay there on my back and felt a tremor surge up unim­peded from deep inside me. I felt as if I belonged there.

Since then, I have gone back to the yoga stu­dio to find that same feel­ing. I never have. That’s OK. But there has been some­thing new, reward­ing, sur­pris­ing and unique. So I have pre­pared myself to be open, atten­tive and recep­tive to what yoga, my body and spirit reveals to you.