Friday, October 23, 2009

Risking Comfort


This is a group shot of all the women in my Kripalu YogaDance teacher training, part one. It felt like an auspicious day to post it, because I just finished signing up for part two, which will run from December 6th through the 11th. At the end of that week, we graduate!

(I am in the back, standing row, wearing white.)

When I signed up for this class, it was a risk -- a risk to my complacent comfort.

I still wonder what drove me to finally do it. I had thought for many years of going to a Yoga teacher training, and I always backed out.

Dance being a component of this training obviously helped drive me forward.

Yet I wonder what gives people the courage to risk?

While there, I took risks daily. Some part of me had decided that to do this, I was going to go full out. No stopping. No standing on the side lines.

I did things that week, pushed boundaries, without hesitation.

The real lesson will come when I am doing that on a daily basis in my "real" life.

15 comments:

Brooks Hall said...

Death says: Play it safe...
Life says: Take a risk!
Yeah, to LIFE!

Lisa @sacred circle said...

Yay Christine! I'm jealous of your time at Kripalu... I was up there year before last, doing a women's yoga retreat, which ultimately led me to getting my teacher certification last year. Good for you for taking the risks....

Jan said...

so proud of you, christine. you invite us to uplift the best in us with courage and grace. dance on...

Linnea said...

You can see the "Bliss" in that Chick's smile for the camera. I'm so proud of you for taking that risk. I've said it before, but it merits saying again: you're an inspiration!

sherry ♥ lee said...

"complacent comfort" -- what a wonderful expression! We all have that to a greater or lesser degree. I'm glad you stepped out of that complacency! You don't know "yet" what made you do it but I suspect you will!

Robin said...

i've been practicing yoga for many years and this year I tried yoga dance. It really pushed me out of my comfort zone.... and I just loved it. We have an amazing teacher here!

Sydney said...

I agree with Brooke! I am so behind in my reading and blogging... so you may have written about this, but I am wondering how you liked Kripalu. I wrote last when you were leaving to go there and I mentioned I've been there a lot and loved it. All of this sounds wonderful and I am a bit believer in risk. Have done it all my life! And what a life it makes.

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

Yes, sometimes we have to leave the comfortable spot we are in and venture out. Great post.

gemma said...

We could bottle it...if we could figure out what the catalyst is for go out and taking risks. Many of us arrive on own own, but it takes so many years.

Kara aka Mother Henna said...

Yes! I love that photo -- look at all of you risking to love what you do, to be in your heART!!! Fantabuloucious! I think about it, too, you know, what makes something the "right" time to risk when all other times I just couldn't do it. Do indeed wish we could bottle that! But don't know what it is exactly. Something about leaning into things for me. Instead of pushing which rips muscles ... leaning so we stretch? Don't know... Congrats to you on get registered for part two!! miracles, k-

JFKlaver said...

What a courageous group of women you all are. I used to shy away from taking risks, but yoga taught me the present is all we have. As a result, when I take a risk and fail, I've already moved on. When I take a risk and succeed, I've already moved on. Suddenly, taking a risk is simply...living!

Art Visions said...

Keep moving forward!

Helen said...

I get a lot of comfort and affirmation from reading people's stories about taking risks. Your story is helping me see that I can stay on my own journey toward a life of bliss. Risk feels a tiny bit less daunting when you consider the alternative of not moving toward what you love. Then, it feels dangerous to not move forward. All the best on your yoga dance process!

Ellecubed said...

I love this post and I love that your life recently has been a lesson on how risk taking can transform your life. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with risk.

Karen D said...

Thanks for sharing your journey with risk this week. congratulations on stretching out of your comfort zone and taking the yoga/dance class!!