Nothing Like the First Time

Savasana at the end of Tamara's amazing Yoga Class
Savasana at the end of Tamara’s amazing Yoga Class

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There is a first time everything. Whether by choice or not, stumbling upon a “first time experience” is what I believe to be one of the greatest gifts of life. I’ve been doing yoga since 2004 and teaching it for almost 1.5 years; and my favorite part is to have those timid yet totally open “new to yoga” students at the various classes I teach in Boston.

The idea of something new—including trying yoga for the first time—is scary for most. But it is also a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something new. When was the last time in your day, your week, or month that you stepped out of routine and into possibility? Or better yet, into vulnerability of doing something you were not necessary the “best” at or even “good” at?
?As adults, it’s easy to get stuck in routine and grow fearful of new experiences. But I have found excitement by coming out of my comfort zone and trying something different; like trying a SoulCycle class or the CFS Conditioning WOD.

This is my pitch for yoga (whether it be my 10am CFS class or anywhere else you try in Boston!): the first time is the best time. Hanging upside down in Rag Doll pose for the first time or sitting in Frog Pose for 5 minutes for the? first time is an experience that belongs only to newbies.

?I?t belongs to you. There are few times in our lives when we can try something totally new and not have a grade, or a review, or a score, or a stamp of whether we passed or failed. Yoga gives us all an opportunity come to class as ?we? are, move as we? can, and still walk away knowing we succeeded.

Rope Climbs

High Bar Back Squat

500m Row
5 Rope Climbs
400m Row
4 Rope Climbs
300m Row
3 Rope Climbs
200m Row
2 Rope Climbs
100m Row
1 Rope Climb

Level 3- 4,2,2,1,1- Rope Climbs
Level 2 – 10 ft climbs, or 2,2,1,1,1
Level 1- Sub pull to stand for rope climbs 5-4-3-2-1

Upper body