By Mary Oliver
One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began,
Though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice,
Though the whole house began to tremble, and you felt the old tug at your ankles.
“Mend my life!” each voice cried. But you did not stop.
You knew what you had to do.
There are endless days when we wake up and repeat the same routine, it is comfortable and safe. Occasionally we wake up in the morning and decide to try something new. Last year, I woke on September 10th and decided to go to a yoga class, with a friend, after work. I had never been to a real yoga studio or taken a formal class. I was nervous that I would be lost amongst the poses and ashamed at how my body would look trying to execute them. For 60 minutes I breathed on cue and concentrated on the soothing cadence of the instructor’s voice. By the time the class had ended, I no longer cared what I looked like or was embarrassed at my inexperience; I signed up for another class. That was the moment things shifted. I came back to class week after week, I felt good about my progress. I was getting stronger and gaining confidence. I had dabbled with various diets in the past, but always failed, chalking it up to my lack of self-control and past poor results. A friend recommended that I try Intermittent Fasting as a way of eating to help with weight loss and hormone balance. I tried it and much to my surprise it worked for me. As I began to lose weight, I began to take more classes at Vibe. I was determined to be healthier and to heal myself with good food and exercise. From Hot Fusion to Sculpt and Barre, I was moving my body more than I had in years and felt great! When COVID hit in the spring I continued my practice with the on-line classes, it was one of the things that helped me maintain sanity as the world around us fell apart. I now can be found attending various classes throughout the week and laugh at the thought of the nervousness I felt when I first came to the studio.
Today, I have lost over 50 lbs, but have gained much more. I am learning to love and appreciate my body and honor the way it moves. I am learning to relax in the moment and accept the uncertainty of things I cannot control. I am so thankful for the VIBE community of instructors and fellow classmates. I am grateful for the ability to “Mend my life!” and hope that each day I can inspire others to do the same. Contentment is a wonderful place to be.