I went to yoga today for the first time in probably a month. I have a goal of doing yoga once a week but clearly I don’t always hit that goal. I’ve been feeling a little run down lately so I was somewhat anxious about the class. The teacher, Ewa Josefsson, from Green Monkey in Miami Beach is awesome! In the two classes of hers that I’ve taken she has had us doing several poses that I’ve never done before. Early on in today’s class, she had us in a new pose and she told us, “What feels awkward today, may become a behavior tomorrow.” Throughout class, I kept going back to this statement. I remember doing my first yoga class and feeling so silly. When I first started taking swimming lessons last fall, I remember it was so awkward! I thought I’d never be able to swim more than a lap without stopping. I was terrified the first time that I got on my rode bike and had to clip my shoes in. I’m still not very comfortable because I haven’t been on it a lot (I’ve been spinning to train) but I know it will come. I think that almost everyone feels awkward, nervous, or just plain dumb when they first try something new. I know for many people they never get over this fear and therefore it paralyzes them. The thing is that everyone is new at something. Being the new guy means that you are expanding your horizons and you are willing to put yourself out there. If you want to change your body you have to do something different. Along the way, you’ll most likely change your mind as well. And after some time, you’ll forget that whatever you are doing once felt strange and it will be time to try something new.