Releasing control and letting go to the process isn’t always the easiest thing to step into, but can definitely be rewarding. I think for many there is an intimidation factor with being in a room where people are practicing at their own pace from memory, and it can feel daunting. I always urge students not to let that stop them from trying it. It is in Mysore class where you learn the practice, so not knowing anything on your first day is perfectly and absolutely where you should be. Jokingly, I often tell those who are hesitant to try Mysore class, because of various excuses, that if they have air in their lungs, then they are the perfect candidate to get started. My job as a teacher is to meet the student where they are now, and assist them in learning the practice in a way that suits them. It is as simple as that. Yes, a breathing individual is the bare minimum requirement, but a dose of courage never hurts.
Beyond that, I have observed, time and time again, as students begin to apply the principles of the practice, they in turn, find a new found strength within themselves, as they venture forward and face obstacles presented head on. Yes, it may feel scary in the beginning, but with consistent practice I’ve seen miracles unfold and when we embrace our fears there is no amount of confidence that can be acquired when doing just that. Encountering the unknown and opening up to our inherent potential is much more then simply bending the body. It is within the daily discipline that this potential awakens as it points us to a more fulfilling place than we could ever imagine for ourselves.