It’s amazing what opportunities life brings if you’re open to new experiences. I tried yoga for the first time this weekend at a yoga and brunch event hosted by Lululemon. The event was a pre-celebration for the opening of their new store later this month. My husband has been recognized this year as a Lululemon Ambassador which is an awesome gig full of fun perks. Sometimes I get to tag along with him and hang out with the incredible community of people that are associated with this company. For anyone who doesn’t know, Lululemon is a fitness apparel brand, but it’s really so much more than that. Their clothes are life changing, but I’m discovering that the people who work for the company do so much to inspire others to live a life that their clothes were made for– an active, fulfilling, and quality life. Normally I would say I don’t do yoga because I’m not flexible, but I realized that sounds just as silly as someone saying they don’t do CrossFit because they’re not strong or they’re not in shape. I don’t judge someone who walks into my gym who can’t do an air squat with perfect form, so why should I be nervous about people in the class judging me for not being able to touch my toes? If I don’t try, I don’t grow– so why not? We gathered outside on a Sunday morning at Maison Lafitte, a historic home built in the 1800’s that has been converted into an event venue. The space was gorgeously set under oak trees dripping Spanish moss from their branches. It was a morning, amid such beauty and positive energy, that I couldn’t help but feel grateful. The class was taught by another ambassador, Brigitte, who teaches yoga at Pilates and Yoga Loft. I thought what I was getting was an hour long yoga instruction, but I came away feeling as if I received a lesson in life. Brigitte is an incredible teacher. She began the class sitting on her matt with her legs crossed, and she said she wanted to introduce us to an idea. The idea being that we hold every age we ever were inside of us now, and that it’s important to give our younger selves compassion for things we have done that didn’t serve our best self. She told us to breathe in everything that we wanted in life– empathy, inspiration, forgiveness– and breathe out anything we wanted to let go– regret, resentfulness, or feelings that we’re not enough. When a pose became hard to hold, she told us to breathe into it, allow ourselves to feel the discomfort, and know that the feeling wouldn’t last forever. What a lovely metaphor for life! I appreciated that when she could tell that people (probably me) were taking things too seriously and judging themselves for not being “good enough” or “flexible enough”, she reminded us to smile and to remember that we’re alive. Yoga isn’t about being “good”, it’s about experiencing and centering. It’s about feeling something in yourself that you didn’t know was there. Brigitte came by to each of us after the class to rub essential oil on our foreheads that smelled like spicy citrus. I later asked her what scent it was, and she said “It’s called Peace”. I’m not sure if it was Brigitte’s words, the beautiful setting, the awesome playlist, the yoga poses, or the oil… but I definitely felt at peace. We warmed up with some coffee and delicious food inside. It couldn’t have been more perfect! I mean, is there anything better than raw oysters and champagne? I honestly almost didn’t share this on the blog. I recently purchased a new, fancy camera and I’m frustrated because when I try to apply what I’m reading in books to the camera, it doesn’t give me the results that I want. I was disappointed because I desperately wanted to share this beautiful experience through beautiful photographs, but I’m trying to implement what I learned in the yoga class to my life. I may not be the photographer I want to be… yet, but I am where I am now, and that’s enough. I’m not going to let it hold me back from sharing a meaningful experience. Luckily, there happened to be a professional photographer at the event who I connected with. I offered to help her with her photography shoots in exchange for teaching me a few tricks, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. So, friends, here are my photos that don’t come close to conveying how delightful everything was. I can’t wait to get better at capturing beauty on film! Thank you, Lululemon, for allowing me to be apart of such a lovely morning, and thank you for the new yoga mat! I think I will be getting some use out of it! What is something you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t because you’re afraid you won’t be “good enough”? What’s the worst that can happen? You’ll grow either way!