They come in one at a time, in pairs, or perhaps in a small group.
A mother and her daughter looking to help themselves... and each other.
A smiling couple, radiant with health, ready to push each other forward to new frontiers of fitness.
A newcomer (be they male/female, young or not so) hesitantly asking if this is, "...where they do that hot yoga?".
They arrive with different goals in mind. Some want to lose weight. Others want to build strength and/or flexibility. Some want an exercise regimen that is a little more gentle on their bodies. Some are attempting to exercise for the first time in years -- or, perhaps, ever. Still others are looking for something beyond fitness or physical health. They want to (re)connect with something inside themselves that has been missing, or worse, stolen from them. They want to (re)discover the best part of themselves.
So, they try yoga.
They learn to listen:
first to the instructor,
then to their minds,
and finally to their hearts.
They may realize that it's really hard to , "...suck your stomach in", or, "Grab the foot...", or ,"...concentrate one point in the front mirror".
They may realize that one little muscle can turn a good Standing Bow into a fantastic one.
They may realize that one less soda and one more bottle of water can make a world of difference.
They may realize just how badly they have been treating themselves, how poorly they have treated others -- or been treated by others.
They may realize that pain does indeed kill the pain.
They may realize that tears are OK -- and, perhaps for the first time ever, that they control their own destiny.
If they can persevere, they will realize all of this -- and learn so much more.
One day, they might even recognize just how strong they really are, and if they can do 90 minutes of yoga in a boiling hot room, they really can do any damn thing they want to.
What are you seeking?
What are you waiting for?